It was hard to go wrong in June! Every major asset class rose during the month to round out the second quarter. Global stocks rebounded in June, gaining 6.4% – now having risen 16.1% in 2019. Bonds, led by international bonds (+1.7%), were broadly positive as well due to falling interest rates. While mixed on the year, alternative assets were all positive during June as well.


  • Inflation (Consumer Price Index) dipped slightly in June to +1.8% year-over-year.
  • Perhaps due to trade skirmish fatigue, after a few months of gains, the Consumer Confidence Index fell 9.8 points.
  • The Leading Economic Indicators Index (2.2%) continued the recent trend of modest year-over-year gains.


  • The S&P 500 surged 7.0% in June while U.S. small stocks managed a 7.1% advance. The materials sector (+11.7%) led the charge among U.S. stocks.
  • International large stocks (+5.9%) made muted gains relative to their U.S. counterparts.
  • Pushed by Russia (+9.0%) and South Korea (+8.9%), emerging market stocks (+6.2%) generated the strongest contribution from international stocks.


  • Falling interest rates around the globe drove positive returns for international bonds (+1.7%) and intermediate-term bonds (+1.1).
  • TIPS (+0.9%) and short-term bonds (+0.4%) benefited from the broader trend.


  • Commodities (+2.7%) led the way, and REITs (+2.1%), reinsurance (+1.0%), and managed futures (+0.8%) all made solid gains in June to close out the second quarter.

Economic and Market Commentary

Read our latest Economic and Market Commentary for Market Returns Year-To-Date, Market Returns Longer Term Annualized, Economic Indicators, and an Appendix.

Sources: St. Louis Federal Reserve and Morningstar

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