Most equity indexes retreated from near all-time highs last week, as concerns over inflation and the Covid Delta variant seemed to weigh on the investor mindset. While the S&P 500 (a proxy for large-cap US stocks) was down approximately one percent for the week, other parts of the market sold-off more significantly. Small-cap stocks, for example, lagged their larger peers, losing more than five percent for the week.
The energy sector, which roared back to life as the economy came back online as the vaccine rollout progressed, dropped nearly eight percent last week, as well. The sell-off is the result of news that a breakthrough in relations between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates improves the odds of OPEC increasing oil supply in the near future.
Prices & Interest Rates
|Representative Index||Current||Year-End 2020|
|Crude Oil (US WTI)||$71.17||$48.52|
|2 Year Treasury||0.25%||0.13%|
|10 Year Treasury||1.31%||0.93%|
|30 Year Treasury||1.93%||1.65%|
|Source: Morningstar, YCharts, and US Treasury as of July 17, 2021|
Asset Class Returns
|Category||Representative Index||YTD 2021||Full Year 2020|
|Global Equity||MSCI All-Country World||12.3%||16.3%|
|US Large Cap Equity||S&P 500||16.1%||18.4%|
|US Large Cap Equity||Dow Jones Industrial Average||14.5%||9.7%|
|US Small Cap Equity||Russell 2000||10.1%||20.0%|
|Foreign Developed Equity||MSCI EAFE||8.8%||7.8%|
|Emerging Market Equity||MSCI Emerging Markets||5.0%||18.3%|
|US Fixed Income||Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond||1.8%||5.2%|
|US Fixed Income||Bloomberg Barclays US Agg Bond||-0.9%||7.5%|
|Global Fixed Income||Bloomberg Barclays Global Agg. Bond||-2.6%||9.2%|
|Source: YCharts as of July 17, 2021|
 Source: YCharts
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