April 2016 Market Insight
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.
Why the disparity?
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Here is a recap of index returns through April:
5 yr Annualized
MSCI World Ex USA (international stocks)
S&P 500 (US large cap)
Russell 2000 (US Small cap)
Barclays US Aggregate Bond