Market Summary
March 2015

After a challenging start to the year, the U.S. equity market rebounded strongly in February. The S&P1 500 Index, a measure of domestic large-cap stocks, surged 5.75%2 during the month, one of its strongest monthly gains in recent years. And, in a reversal of much of 2014, non-U.S. developed stocks, as measured by the MSCI EAFE Index, outperformed its domestic counterparts with a 5.98% return. Emerging-markets stocks also had a good month, with the MSCI Emerging Markets Index returning 3.10%.

February was a challenging month for most high quality fixed income markets, however, as Treasury yields increased during the month. Remember, as yields rise, the underlying value of bonds tend to fall, creating a see-saw effect.

Crude oil continues to be of concern, as prices had been fluctuating near $50 a barrel for much of the month, only to see prices eventually fall to below $45. Many analysts are calling for oil to fall below $40, and maybe all the way down to $30 or even $25. This is something we will definitely be keeping an eye on. As I mentioned in previous newsletters, energy is considered a leading economic indicator, which means it gives us an idea of what to expect in the months ahead regarding economies and equity markets.

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Market Summary Continued

Coupled with falling oil, we have seen such devaluation of the euro (down to all-time lows) and other currencies globally, that it has made our U.S. dollar rise in an almost straight line upward. The strength of our dollar, while good for purchasing power, is not necessarily a good thing for the equity markets. A strong dollar makes our exports more expensive, which makes our goods less attractive for foreign buyers and this can cut into corporate profitability, the main driver, historically, of equity markets.

Even with these and other headwinds, U.S. markets pushed up to some new highs late in February. A pullback should be expected in March, but hopefully just a technical one that lasts a week or two. If this type of pullback is limited to what we have seen in December and January, we should see markets resume their upward trend the latter part of March and into April.

If the markets breach their technical support levels, we will need to consider adjusting our equity exposure. But for now, there will be no changes, as the bull market still remains intact.

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