Included is the quarterly benchmark performance report. This represents general benchmarks from the beginning of January, through the 1st quarter, March 31st.
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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 S&P 500 and –9.4% for the MSCI All Country World Index for the year.
Despite all of the noise in the media, the markets have only experienced small overall negative returns this year. As of today, most of our long-term, diversified portfolios are only down about -1.0% since the beginning of the year. This is common for short-term market reports. We expect to continue to see choppy markets throughout the rest of the year.