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Markets & Economy

monthly and quarterly summaries

The Linscomb & Williams Investment team generates both monthly and quarterly summaries that provide an overview of the market’s performance. Click the links below to read a more detailed report.

Monthly Reports

Market Comments:

Economy April 2020
Stocks rallied strongly in April off of deeply oversold levels at the end of the prior month. In fact, the S&P 500 had its best month in decades, rising 12.82%. Technology shares did even better, up 15.49%. Both indices are technically no longer in bear market territory after having retraced a significant portion of earlier declines. While economic data has been expectedly poor, investors received more clarity on various fiscal and monetary stimulus measures both in the U.S. and around the world.
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Market Comments:

Economy March 2020
The coronavirus outbreak, and the ensuing broad economic shutdown, sent global stocks plunging last month. The S&P officially entered bear market territory, down over 20% from its highs in February. In response, the Federal Reserve cut interest rates to 0% and restarted an unlimited quantitative easing program. The federal government also passed a $2.2 trillion dollar aid package in order to tide over businesses and individuals who will inevitably lose their jobs.
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Market Comments:

Economy January 2020
Though stocks started off the year hot, they sputtered late in January, as the coronavirus outbreak in China weighed on investor sentiment. The S&P500 ended the month down 0.04%. Emerging market assets, which tended to be more directly exposed to the potential consequences of the virus, were off 4.66%. The global economy appears to be growing steadily, though, and the effects of similar health scares historically have been transitory.
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