Domestic equities finished November with gains not seen since the summer, took a brief pause and then continued their ascent as we approach the end of the year.
Optimism surrounding U.S. – China trade discussions helped fuel equities higher, with technology, health care, and financials as the leading sectors in November.
The absence of volatility, along with the Fed maintaining a steady rate environment, was also a catalyst for equities to climb in November. Stock market volatility, as measured by the VIX Index, dropped to its lowest levels since April.
U.S. equity markets have outperformed international equities over the past two years so far. Historically, a lower U.S. dollar has benefited international stocks, as well as help increase exports of U.S. products worldwide.
Kent G. Forsey, CFP®
Sources: U.S. Commerce Department, Bloomberg, OneBlueWindow, LLC