Equities continued their advance in Q1 while fixed income investments declined. The rate of new COVID-19 cases declined globally as vaccinations continue to roll out including the addition of Johnson & Johnson’s single dose vaccine option. Unemployment continues to improve ahead of expectations as economies reopen and business activity increases. Value stocks out-performed growth stocks for the second consecutive quarter. The Russell 3000 Growth Index returned 1.2% while the Russell 3000 Value Index gained 11.9%. The economic recovery has impacted inflationary concerns, interest rates, and fixed income investments. The U.S. 10 Year Treasury yield increased from 0.9% to 1.7% in Q1 adversely affecting fixed income holdings.
U.S. stocks in the S&P 500 gained 6.2% for the quarter. International developed stocks in the MSCI EAFE Index were up 3.5% for the quarter. The Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index was down (3.4%) for the quarter.
Benchmark performance comparisons will be available later this month once the Lipper Median returns are released.
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