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For the week ended November 25, 2022, stocks were again mixed, but but this time headed higher globally. After starting off the week in a selling mood due to continued rate hike fears, investors began to show optimism. A slew of positive earnings reports from retailers on Tuesday encouraged buying. The main impetus, though, came on Wednesday when the Federal Reserve meeting minutes were released. Those showed that the central bank expects to slow its pace of interest rate hikes sooner than expected. On a quiet and mixed Friday after the Thanksgiving holiday, stocks wavered, but ultimately ended about flat. Bonds moved higher as the yield on the 10-year US treasury fell again to 3.7%, according to MarketWatch.
Geographically, it was Non-US Developed that carried global stocks higher, although the US fared well also. Emerging Markets finished just below flat as Covid fears in China resurfaced. Within the US, it was again the more traditional stocks of the Dow Jones Industrial Average that fared best as the technology-heavy Nasdaq lagged. From a factor perspective, Momentum, Value, and Low Volatility generated returns above the broader market. The long-term results continue to demonstrate factor efficacy, as shown in the table. As can be seen, 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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USA is the MSCI USA index, Non-US Developed is the MSCI EAFE index, Emerging Markets is the MSCI Emerging Markets index, and All Country World is the MSCI ACWI index. One cannot invest in an index. Because the factor indexes have varying inception dates, some of the returns provided are back-tested and do not represent actual performance. Inception dates are as follows:
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)
Low Volatility = MSCI ACWI Minimum Volatility (USD) NR USD Index (Inception: 5/28/93)
Size = MSCI ACWI Risk Weighted NR USD Index (Inception: 4/6/11)
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Returns for global market and factor indexes. As of 11/25/22. Source: Morningstar.