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Market Update for the Month Ending April 30, 2022

It was a rocky start to the spring for markets, with all three major U.S. indices ending the month in the red.

Market Thoughts for March 2022

Brad McMillan, Commonwealth's CIO, recently shared the March economic and market update from Commonwealth Financial Network.

Market Update for the Month Ending January 31, 2022

Equity markets had a rough start to the year, with concerns about inflation and rising case growth in the first half of January leading to sell-offs for all three major U.S. indices. The S&P 500 lost 5.17 percent in January despite a late-month rally that helped offset declines from earlier in the month.

Market Thoughts for November 2021

Brad McMillan, Commonwealth's CIO, recently shared the November economic and market update from Commonwealth Financial Network.

Market Update for the Month Ending August 31, 2021

Markets continued to rally in August, with all three major U.S. indices setting new record highs. While there was some mid-month volatility, markets were able to bounce back swiftly toward month-end.

Market Update for the Month Ending April 30, 2021

April was a strong month for U.S. equity markets, with the three major indices setting all-time highs. Markets were supported by public health improvements and the most recent round of federal stimulus.

Market Update for the Quarter Ending March 31, 2021

U.S. stock markets saw gains for the month and quarter, but not all stocks did well. Higher interest rates led to some volatility, especially for growth and technology companies.

Economic News Showing Surprising Strength

For the fourth week in a row, the big picture continues to be very positive. On the medical front, all three major data series—new cases, positive testing rates, and hospitalizations—have continued to trend down, while vaccinations continue to scale up. If these trends persist, we are through the worst of the pandemic and should see further improvement.

Has Washington Gone Blue?

Wednesday, January 6, 2021, will be remembered in the history books—for a couple of reasons. First, while Congress met to count the inaugural votes, we anticipated that members from both houses would be objecting to electors from some states.

2021 Market Outlook

We’re nearing the end of a hard year, with the pandemic raging once again and the economy starting to slow. On the other hand, vaccines will soon be coming into play, companies are adapting, and there is the possibility of a spending boom next year. Despite risks ahead (e.g., the chance of another surge of infections with holiday travel), could 2021 be better for medical news, for the economy, and for the markets?