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As of June 30th, the Russell 3000 index was up only 3.2%, a far cry from its 10-year annualized return of almost 9%; the MSCI ACWI ex-U.S. — a broad proxy for international stocks — has been even more disappointing, down 3.8% compared to its 2017 return of 27%. Furthermore, most bond strategies are negative for the year, thus dispelling the notion of diversification. However, the year is only halfway complete and as we have seen repeatedly in the capital markets, fortunes can change rapidly and unpredictably. In an effort to formulate explanations and expectations, the following newsletter investigates the disappointing performance from the first half of the year, as well as potential outcomes for the remainder of 2018.
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