August finished as a relatively quiet month in the capital markets compared to June. Maintaining a disciplined approach and staying diversified can help investors if volatility returns to the markets this fall.
Markets in September quickly shook off the volatility of the early days of the month, finishing the third quarter of 2016 in positive territory for most asset classes.
Following a volatile end to the second quarter, most global capital markets bounced back with strong performance in July turning all asset classes positive for the year-to-date.
The April 2016 reading of the Economic Indicators Dashboard reflects that the economy continues to appear to be in healthy shape, however it will be watched very closely as the Federal Reserve decides timing of the next interest rates hike.
Markets moved higher again in April as positive economic data helped ease investors’ global recession concerns.
Russell Investments Chief Investment Officers offer their views of the key themes affecting market performance in March 2016.
Market volatility has undeniably spiked in the first month of 2016 – but the Economic Dashboard shows the VIX is still within its typical historical average. That context may help your clients appreciate that the recent bout of volatility may have felt scarier than it really was.