After experiencing significant losses in the 4th Quarter of 2018, investors that maintained discipline and patience benefited from a significant recovery during the first quarter of 2019. Equity markets delivered positive returns; the S&P 500, Russell 2000 and MSCI All Country (ex USA) World Index delivered returns of +13.65%, +14.58% and + 10.31%, respectively.
As 2019 approaches, and with US stocks outperforming non-US stocks in recent years, some investors have again turned their attention towards the role that global diversification plays in their portfolios. For the five-year period ending October 31, 2018, the S&P 500 Index had an annualized return of 11.34% while the MSCI World ex USA Index returned 1.86%, and the MSCI Emerging Markets Index returned 0.78%. As US stocks have outperformed international and emerging markets stocks over the last several years, some investors might be reconsidering the benefits of investing outside the US.