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1st Quarter Commentary: A Better Quarter for Global Investors - Finally! (April 6th, 2015)
To some degree, the first quarter was the mirror image
of what we saw for the entirety of 2014. As you may recall, for
the whole of last year, US large company stocks did well, while
returns in many other categories - international and emerging
market stocks and US small company stocks - were somewhere
between mediocre and poor. During the first quarter of 2015,
however, we saw mediocre returns in US large companies (the Dow
Jones and S&P 500 indices were both up less than 1% for the
quarter), while the broad European market was up approximately
3.5% and Asian markets were up closer to 9% for the quarter, both
in US dollar terms. What a difference a quarter can make!
Making the performance of internationals a bit more . . .
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For a comprehensive quarterly dataset on market performance
and valuations, here is JPMorgan's quarterly Littlebook -- 70-some
pages of market valuation and performance information that's
hard to beat, and which is made available to advisors for client