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For the week ended March 24, 2023, stocks were higher everywhere. There was a lot to "unpack" this week. In the wake of the Silicon Valley Bank failure, investors were left to wonder whether this was bank-specific or more systemic. While we can't conclude that it is systemic just yet, it did reveal some other problems like Signature Bank and First Republic. This soon spread overseas to Credit Suisse and more recently Deutsche Bank. Signature Bank has since been shuttered by the State of New York, First Republic received cash infusions from 11 larger banks, and Credit Suisse was sold to UBS at a massive discount. All of these bank woes led investors to believe central banks would need to cease rate increases, but the regulators disagreed. The European Central Bank hiked by 0.5% and the Federal Reserve hiked by 0.25%. While this worried traders, ultimately they showed optimism that the end to rate increases is drawing nigh. Bond investors were also in a buying mood, sending the yield on the 10-year US treasury lower to 3.38%, according to MarketWatch.
As shown in the table, all regions performed well, but it was Emerging Markets that bested their developed counterparts. Within the US, it was Tech and Tech-related stocks that fared best, mostly due to the struggles of financial stocks. From a factor perspective, Momentum and Quality outperformed the broader market. The long-term results continue to demonstrate factor efficacy. For the 15-year periods 3 out of 5 factors beat the market with Size not far behind for a fourth.
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Momentum = MSCI ACWI Momentum NR USD Index (Inception: 11/30/95)
Value = MSCI ACWI Enhanced Value NR USD Index (Inception: 5/29/15)
Quality = MSCI ACWI Quality NR USD Index (Inception: 5/29/92)
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Size = MSCI ACWI Risk Weighted NR USD Index (Inception: 4/6/11)
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Returns for global market and US indexes. As of 3/24/23. Source: Morningstar.