Weekly Investment Update July 26, 2021

Most stock and bond indexes trended higher last week, as investors seemingly shrugged off concerns over both inflation and the Delta variant and viewed Monday’s pull back as an opportunity to buy the dip. The positive week continues a trend that’s been in place for the entirety of 2021 – the S&P 500 index (a proxy for large-cap US stocks) has yet to experience a 5% correction.

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Weekly Investment Update June 9, 2021

Equity markets rose slightly last week during the shortened Memorial Day holiday week (the S&P 500 was up 0.6% while the MSCI ACWI index was up 0.7%), with the majority of the gains occurring on Friday. The big news on Friday was provided by the Labor Department which reported that nonfarm payrolls rose by 559,000 jobs in May, well short of the 675,000 jobs expected.

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Monthly Investment Update: June 2021

We monitor the backdrop for investing in risk assets across three primary pillars: economic conditions, asset prices, and technical considerations such as investor sentiment. On balance, we still believe that conditions are favorable for accepting investment risk, but above average asset class valuations and the potential for above-trend inflation should give pause.

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Weekly Investment Update May 24, 2021

While equity markets were down slightly last week (the S&P 500 index lost -0.4%), it has still been a relatively strong start to the year for stocks, in general. The S&P 500, which is a proxy for large-cap US stocks, and the MSCI All Country World Index, a proxy for global large and mid-cap stocks, have gained 10.6% and 8.6%, respectively, so far in 2021.

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