October Market Pullback Continues

On Wednesday, October 24th, equities pulled back sharply, as mounting concerns over global growth, corporate earnings, and rising rates left global equities down nearly 3%. The S&P 500 Index has now fallen in 13 of the past 15 trading sessions. October’s market volatility has brought equity indices down nearly 10% — or more — from recent highs. Because of last year’s low volatility, the market fluctuations in 2018 have seemed extreme.  

The U.S. Equity Freight Train: Can Anything Derail it?

As of the close of the third quarter 2018, the S&P 500 index (U.S. Large Cap equities) continued to show dominance over international equity peers. In fact, over the past 10 years, the S&P 500 index has outperformed the MSCI ACWI ex USA index (international equities) in 70% of the calendar years and by 6.2% annualized, the widest margin in the last 20 years.

This performance has caused investors to rightly ask, will the U.S. equity freight train ever stop? History may provide investors some answers.