U.S. stocks returned another quarter of impressive returns. The globally diversified portfolios our clients hold benefited from exposure to international and emerging market stocks, both of which returned more than the S&P 500.
Selected Headlines from the Past 12 Months Graphed with the World Stock Market Performance (MSCI All Country World Index)
We are not offering these headlines to explain market returns. But they do serve as a reminder that investors should view daily events from a long-term perspective and avoid making financial decisions based solely on the news.
|Benchmark Funds||Q3 2017||12 Months
|U.S. Large Cap
Vanguard 500 Index Fund
|U.S. Large Cap Value
iShares Russell 1000 Value Index
|U.S. Small Cap
iShares Russell 2000 Index
|U.S. Small Cap Value
iShares Russell 2000 Value Index
Vanguard Total International Stock Index Fund
Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF
Vanguard REIT ETF
iShares Core Total U.S. Bond Market ETF
Individual Asset Classes
World Asset Classes
With broad market indices used as proxies, emerging markets outperformed developed markets, including the U.S., during the quarter.
The value effect was positive in non-U.S. developed markets but negative in the U.S. and emerging markets. Small caps outperformed large caps in U.S. and non-U.S. developed markets but underperformed in emerging markets.
The broad U.S. equity market posted positive returns for the quarter but underperformed both non-U.S. developed and emerging markets.
Value underperformed growth indices in the U.S. across all size ranges.
Small caps in the U.S. outperformed large caps
International Developed Market Stocks
In U.S. dollar terms, developed markets outperformed U.S. equity indices but underperformed emerging markets indices during the quarter.
With broad market indices used as proxies, the value effect was positive. The value effect was positive in large caps but negative in mid and small caps.
Overall, small caps outperformed large caps in non-U.S. developed markets.
Emerging Markets Stocks
In U.S. dollar terms, emerging markets indices outperformed developed market indices, including the U.S., during the quarter.
With broad market indices used as proxies, the value effect was negative. Across the size spectrum in the large and mid cap space, the value effect was negative; however, in the small cap space, the effect was positive.
Overall, small caps underperformed large caps in emerging markets.
Real Estate Investment Trusts
Global (non-U.S.) real estate investment trusts outperformed U.S. REITs.
Interest rates increased across the U.S. fixed income market for the quarter. The yield on the 5-year Treasury note increased by 3 basis points (bps) to 1.92%. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note increased by 2 bps to 2.33%. The 30-year Treasury bond yield increased by 2 bps to finish at 2.86%.
The yield on the 1-year T-bill rose 7 bps to 1.31%, and the 2-year Treasury note yield rose 9 bps to 1.47%. The yield on the 3-month Treasury bill increased 3 bps to 1.06%, while the 6-month Treasury bill yield increased 6 bps to 1.20%.
In terms of total returns, short-term corporate bonds gained 0.59%, and intermediate-term corporates gained 1.05%.
Short-term municipal bonds generated a total return of 0.49%, while intermediate-term municipal bonds returned 0.83%. General obligation bonds gained 1.14%, outperforming revenue bonds by 4 bps.