Market Commentary

ACM Commentary 3Q 2017

The S&P 500 was up 4.5% in the 3rd quarter, its 8th quarter in a row of gains. The index was up 14% through the third quarter, and has not posted a negative annual return since 2008. In that time, it has now provided a cumulative return including dividends of almost 200%! This move has equity investors feeling complacent, while others more conservatively positioned are growing anxious about how to best position themselves moving forward.

ACM Commentary 2Q 2017

The first six months of this year have led to repeated new highs for the US stock market and in many other parts of the world. The S&P500 is up roughly 9.3% through the end of June, primarily led by a few well-known names with large weightings in the index.

ACM Commentary 1Q 2017

The election of Donald Trump as the next US President led to a furious market rally in the 4th quarter. The S&P500 was up almost 6% in the last 2 months of the year, roughly half of the full year’s gain of 12%.

ACM Commentary 4Q 2016

The election of Donald Trump as the next US President led to a furious market rally in the 4th quarter. The S&P500 was up almost 6% in the last 2 months of the year, roughly half of the full year’s gain of 12%.

ACM Commentary 3Q 2016

The S&P 500 achieved a 3.9% return in the quarter, with virtually all the gains coming in the month of July, as both August and September were basically flat. On the whole, the S&P has provided investors a 7.8% return on the year.

ACM Commentary 2Q 2016

A lot has happened since our last update, however, the US equity market is stuck in the doldrums, as we expected. Given the upcoming election season, we will cover some of the fundamental economic issues facing the next President and our views on the latest external shock – Brexit.

ACM Commentary 4Q 2015

As we expected, equity markets did poorly in 2015. The S&P 500 was down on a price basis and was up a bit over 1% when including dividends. Our equity accounts performed a touch better, up over 2% for the year, net of fees. Since inception in 2010 our accounts are up 14.7% annualized while the S&P500 is up 13%.

ACM Commentary 3Q 2015

MARKET SUMMARY As we have discussed over the past couple of quarters, overall frothiness in the markets continued to reveal itself in the 3rd quarter, with the S&P 500 pulling back -6.4%. The combination of slowing domestic and global growth, a strong US currency,...

ACM Commentary 2Q 2015

In our fourth quarter 2014 letter we discussed how valuations had become frothy and we were having difficulty finding suitable investments. Six months into the year our forecast has been borne out, the S&P500 is up roughly 1% through the end of the second quarter....

ACM Commentary 1Q 2015

MARKET SUMMARY Strong performance in February was able to offset losses in January and March, enabling the market to continue its march higher in the first quarter. The S&P 500 managed a 1% return in the quarter, marking its ninth consecutive positive quarterly...