The unprecedented decision to shut down the global economy to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus brought the longest bull market in US history to an abrupt halt. The first quarter of 2020 was the worst quarterly loss for global equities since the fourth quarter of 2008 during the financial crisis.
During the fourth quarter of 2019, the Global Wealth Strategy portfolio produced a net return of 4.13%, bringing the 2019 net return up to 15.92%.
During the third quarter of 2019, the Global Wealth Strategy portfolio produced a net return of 0.32%, bringing the year-to-date net return up to 11.31%.
During the second quarter of 2019, the Global Wealth Strategy portfolio produced a net return of 3.02%.
During the first quarter of 2019, the Global Wealth Strategy portfolio produced a net return of 7.68%. We believe combination of an oversold market and changes in the U.S. Federal Reserve’s (Fed) outlook on interest rates helped all asset segments in the portfolio gain more than 5% for the quarter.
The theme of low volatility that headlined our investment commentaries over the past three years came to a sudden halt in the fourth quarter.
Some of the themes we witnessed in the second quarter continued into the third quarter. Inflation Hedges (Defensive Equities, REITs, and MLPs) extended the charge, resulting in its best quarter since Q1 2017.
What a difference a quarter makes. The results may have been relatively boring for the second quarter, but the change in market leadership was eye catching.
What an interesting quarter. January was a continuation of 2017 producing positive returns with relatively low volatility. U.S. and International Equities were up as much as 7% in January. The S&P 500 recorded only 6 down days, with only 1 day down slightly more than 1%.
Our evaluation of market risk remained low during the 4th quarter. As a result, we maintained a below average allocation to Fixed Income in the GWS portfolio with an average allocation of 30.48% during the 4th quarter. Volatility continued to be muted through the 4th quarter as it has been during all of...