Markets in Review: Gains for Most Asset Classes
Compare your investment results to our Q4 2016 benchmarks for stocks, bonds and alternative investments.
World equity markets, hedge funds, commodities and private real estate gained in Q4 while bonds and public real estate fell.
We take an in-depth look at the performance of these asset classes, along with developments investors may want to pay attention to:
- The municipal bond market is becoming an investment opportunity for many asset owners.
- Fast-growing interest payments on the federal debt may eventually crowd out other types of investment.
- Currency risk from emerging markets may increase the volatility of equity returns without contributing significantly to long-term value appreciation.
- Investor interest in ESG strategies is likely to grow further.