April 2016 Market Insight

May 2, 2016

The trends from the first quarter of the year continued in April, as major index returns remained muted and growth stocks underperformed. The most heavily-followed index, the S&P 500, has managed to grind out a 1.74% return year-to-date. On the other hand, the S&P 500 Equal Weight index has performed quite well, with a 4.31% total return through April.

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Here is a recap of index returns through April:

Index

April

YTD

5 yr Annualized

 MSCI World Ex USA (international stocks)

 3.22%

 1.20%

 1.19 %

 S&P 500 (US large cap)

0.39%

 1.74%

 11.02%

 Russell 2000 (US Small cap)

 1.57%

 0.03%

 6.98%

 Barclays US Aggregate Bond

 0.38%

 3.43%

3.60%

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