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After a painful October, global stock markets (+1.4%) rebounded modestly in November. Bond markets also had positive returns for the month. In the final days of the month, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell issued a statement that monetary policy was approaching neutral which fueled the market gains.  

Economy 

  • The second estimate of 3rd quarter real GDP growth was unchanged from the first estimate at an annualized rate of 3.5%.
  • Inflation, measured by the Consumer Price Index for all goods, rose slightly to 2.5% year-over-year.
  • Unemployment remains at 3.7%, its lowest since 1969.
  • Consumer confidence tempered slightly but remains high.

Stocks 

  • U.S. large stocks rose 2.0% in November with value stocks (+3.0%) besting growth stocks. Small cap stocks also had gains to a lesser extent (+1.6%).
  • Outside the U.S., developed markets were essentially flat to slightly negative, while emerging markets rallied 4.1%. Year-to-date, international stocks are still struggling and remain in negative territory.

Bonds

  • Bond returns were slightly positive in November, with international (hedged) bonds leading the way, up 0.6%.
  • Year-to-date, short-term (+1.2%) and international bonds (+2.1%) are the leaders, while intermediate-term and inflation bonds are down slightly.

Alternatives 

  • Global REITs (+3.6%) experienced a rally along with global stocks.
  • Other alternative asset classes struggled to produce positive returns in November (commodities -0.6%, managed futures and reinsurance, each -0.9%).

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


Sources: Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), Federal Reserve, Morningstar Direct, Standard and Poor’s, MSCI

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