Capital markets are often confounding, especially if we examine just a brief three-month period. It is tricky for investors and markets alike to sort out what qualifies as “good” or “bad” news from one moment to the next. Should we worry about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine? Supply-chain effects from the Covid lockdown? Tightening by the Federal Reserve? Rising inflation? Headlines like these translate into the volatile markets we’ve seen so...

DIMENSIONAL’S MARKET REVIEW (Q4 2021 & TY 2021) It’s a wrap! 2021 market performance numbers are now available for the fourth quarter and the total year. Today, we share Dimensional Fund Advisor’s latest Quarterly Market Review, along with their 2021 Annual Market Review. “KEY TAKEAWAYS   Stock markets continued to climb higher in 2021, with the S&P 500 hitting a series of all-time closing highs and ending the year near a record. While COVID-19 continued to dominate...

As usual, there was plenty to be concerned about in years past if you paid close attention to the never-ending news cycle. But throughout, markets delivered strong returns as you can see in the excerpt below from page 4: It’s typical to think of capital markets as nothing more than constructions for conducting commerce and making money. That they tend to do over time. But markets are made of people, in all...

“Whether you’ve been investing for decades or are just getting started, at some point on your investment journey you’ll likely ask yourself some of the questions below. Trying to answer these questions may be intimidating, but know that you’re not alone. Your financial advisor is here to help. While this is not intended to be an exhaustive list, it will hopefully shed light on a few key principles, using data and...

DIMENSIONAL’S QUARTERLY MARKET REVIEW (Q2 2021) + HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO INDEX FUNDS!   Quarterly Market Review (QMR) – Q2 2021 This report features world capital market performance and a timeline of events for the past quarter. It begins with a global overview, then features the returns of stock and bond asset classes in the US and international markets (all arrows are green this past quarter!). The report also illustrates the impact of globally diversified portfolios...

Think back to April 2020. A year ago, many investors were scared, some wanting to move to cash, even as most stock markets staged remarkably strong and surprising recoveries. This year, we’re seeing many of those same investors tempted to chase all kinds of hot holdings, as now they seem to have no fear. We hope favorable markets continue. But investing is no game of chance. If you were a client of...

DIMENSIONAL’S QUARTERLY MARKET REVIEW (Q4 2020 & TY 2020) It’s a wrap. 2020 market performance numbers are now available for the fourth quarter and the total year. Today, we share Dimensional Fund Advisor’s latest Quarterly Market Review, along with its 2020 Annual Market Review. “The year 2020 proved to be one of the most tumultuous in modern history, marked by a number of developments that were historically unprecedented. But the year also...

We’re not ones to make stock market forecasts – never have been, never will. Still, had we been tempted to lose our resolve last March, we might have presumed we’d see some pretty awful returns for at least the next quarter or two. Wow, would we have been wrong. Our country has not yet moved past the many personal, social, and economic ravages wrought by COVID-19 and related concerns. But as...

If there was a clear message from second quarter markets, it’s that you never know. Even as we saw headlines that “At Least a Fourth of US Economy Goes Idle from Lockdown,” we saw others informing us that “US Stocks Close Out Best Quarter Since 1998.” What can we make of this? In short, Q2 offered a crash course in how critical it is to stay invested in both stocks and bonds,...

You won’t be surprised to see all the red in returns for stocks this past quarter. But take heart at the green for bond returns. When stock markets are climbing upward, bond funds can seem so boring, but you see now how well they are doing their job of providing stability and ballast in your globally diversified portfolio that holds a mix of bond & stock funds (your asset allocation). At SAGEbroadview we continue...