February 2016 Market Insight
It happens during every presidential campaign – the media churns the news and the public starts to feel uneasy about the State of the Union. Politicians are as polarizing as ever—they shout about the national debt, our immigration problems, free college for all, breaking up the big banks, raising taxes, cutting taxes, reforming healthcare, and so on.
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February was another volatile month in US markets, as the major US indexes fell to new 52-week lows early in the month, only to later reverse course and finish the month nearly flat. Global markets, as a whole, fared worse, with the exception of select emerging markets.
S&P 500 (US large cap)
Russell 2000 (US small cap)
MSCI World ex USA (international stocks)
Barclays US Aggregate Bond