Weekly Investment Update

Risk assets continued their upward trajectory last week, with nearly every major equity index posting positive returns through Friday. The S&P 500 (a proxy for large-cap US stocks) was up 1.7% for the week and the MSCI ACWI index (a proxy for global large-cap stocks) climbed 1.3%[1]. Both indexes are up double-digits so far this year and they each finished the week very near all-time highs (see below).

Line graph depicting S&P 500 Total Return Level % Change and MSCI ACWI Net Total Return Level % Change from January 2021 to October 2021

US investors should have technology on their minds this week, as the five largest tech companies in the country are set to release earnings. Facebook, Alphabet, Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon all will report third quarter results this week[2]. Positive results may help justify high valuations in investors’ minds, while disappointing results may serve to exacerbate concerns about inflation and supply chain snags.

In other news, not one, but two Bitcoin ETFs launched last week, as Wall Street seeks to capitalize on the interest in the cryptocurrency by launching related investment vehicles.  ProShares launched the first exchange traded fund (ETF) early in the week, and Valkyrie followed up with their ETF offering on Friday[3].

Prices & Interest Rates

Representative Index Current Year-End 2020
Crude Oil (US WTI) $84.30 $48.52
Gold $1,801 $1,893
US Dollar 93.61 89.94
2 Year Treasury 0.48% 0.13%
10 Year Treasury 1.66% 0.93%
30 Year Treasury 2.08% 1.65%
Source: Morningstar, YCharts, and US Treasury as of October 25, 2021

Asset Class Returns

Category Representative Index YTD 2021 Full Year 2020
Global Equity MSCI All-Country World 16.3% 16.3%
Global Equity MSCI All-Country World ESG Leaders 18.0% 16.0%
US Large Cap Equity  S&P 500  22.4% 18.4%
US Large Cap Equity  Dow Jones Industrial Average 18.3% 9.7%
US Small Cap Equity  Russell 2000 16.9% 20.0%
Foreign Developed Equity MSCI EAFE 11.1% 7.8%
Emerging Market Equity MSCI Emerging Markets 2.0% 18.3%
US Fixed Income Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond 0.4% 5.2%
US Fixed Income Bloomberg Barclays US Agg Bond -2.1% 7.5%
Global Fixed Income Bloomberg Barclays Global Agg. Bond -4.3% 9.2%
Source: YCharts as of October 25, 2021

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