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Quarterly Market Review Q3 2019

Click the link below to view our Quarterly Market Review for Q3 2019. This report features world capital market performance and a timeline of events for the last quarter. It begins with a global overview, then features the returns of stock and bond asset classes in the US and international markets. The report also illustrates the impact of globally diversified portfolios and features a quarterly topic. Quarterly Market Review Q3 2019

2018 Market Review

After logging strong returns in 2017, global equity markets delivered negative returns in US dollar terms in 2018. Common news stories in 2018 included reports on global economic growth, corporate earnings, record low unemployment in the US, the implementation of Brexit, US trade wars with China and other countries, and a flattening US Treasury yield curve. Global equity markets delivered positive returns through September, followed by a decline in the fourth quarter, resulting in a – 4.4% return for the
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MFG Q3 2018 Market Commentary

MFG’s Asset Class Investing portfolios are strategically invested with a focus on long-term performance objectives. Portfolio allocations and investments are not adjusted in response to market news or economic events; however, we evaluate and report on market and economic conditions to provide our investors with perspective and to put portfolio performance in proper context. Strong corporate profits, a healthy global economy, and the absence of major geo-political issues in the third quarter resulted in developed stock market gains. For the
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MFG Q2 2018 Market Commentary

In a year where stocks should be basking in the light of corporate tax reform, healthy consumer spending, and an expanding global economy, investor returns are not what we would expect to see. For the quarter, U.S. stocks advanced, with the S&P 500 Index gaining 3.4%, while non-U.S. stocks declined. Emerging markets, as measured by MSCI Emerging Markets, declined -8.0%, and non-U.S. developed markets, as measured by MSCI World Ex US, declined -0.8%. Despite robust earnings for U.S. companies during
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Q1 2018 Market Commentary

Volatility came back with a vengeance this quarter. After a relatively tranquil January, stock markets around the globe saw a significant selloff right as the calendar flipped to February. Most indexes fell by about 10% in the first few weeks of February, the standard for a market correction. This correction was most notable because of its rapid speed, and also because of just how calm markets had been over the preceding years. For the quarter, Emerging Market stocks led the
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Making Sense of Markets 2017

The following video accompanies the  “2017 Market Review” article on our Insights page.  

2017 Market Review

At the beginning of 2017, a common view among money managers and analysts was that the financial markets would not repeat their strong returns from 2016. Many cited the uncertain global economy, political turmoil in the US, implementation of Brexit, conflicts in the Middle East, North Korea’s weapons buildup, and other factors. The global equity markets defied their predictions, with major equity indices in the US, developed ex-US, and emerging markets posting strong returns for the year. The broad global
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Quarterly Market Review Q3 2017

Click the link below to view our Quarterly Market Review for Q3 2017. This report features world capital market performance and a timeline of events for the last quarter. It begins with a global overview, then features the returns of stock and bond asset classes in the US and international markets. The report also illustrates the impact of globally diversified portfolios and features a quarterly topic. Quarterly Market Review Q3 2017  

Quarterly Market Review Q2 2017

The following video accompanies the “Q2 2017 Market Commentary” article on our Insights page.

Q2 2017 Market Commentary

July 2017 Our Asset Class Investing portfolios are strategically invested with a focus on long-term performance objectives. Portfolio allocations and investments are not adjusted in response to market news or economic events; however, we evaluate and report on market and economic conditions to provide our investors with perspective and to put portfolio performance in proper context. Global stock markets delivered robust gains in the second quarter of 2017 as stronger earnings growth, upswings in global economic data and diminished political
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