2014 Q3 Market Review

If you’re in the dark about what’s happening in the financial world, you can get caught off guard during bad markets, and fear can de-rail your retirement.  Staying informed is a good habit, even if you’re not managing your own portfolio.  We try to make it easy by providing our readers with a summary of headlines and investment news in a easy-to-digest format.

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Most of our clients are super busy, so this is the only news about investments they receive.  It’s incredibly simple, so if you don’t have a lot of time, just check out page 3 and page 4.  You’ll see the overall performance of stocks and bonds this quarter (page 3) and page 4 will give you an overview of the major news events over the past 3 months.

I’ll include an outline below, but be sure to download a full copy of the quarterly market summary. Also, I highly recommend reading the article on the last page to gain some added perspective on how to be a more rational, more successful investor. You’ll be glad you did!

2014 Q3 Market Review

Notable Q3 Headlines

  • U.S. Led Airstrikes Aid Syrian Kurds, Target Islamic Oil Assets
  • U.S. New Home Sales Surge 18% in August, Highest Level since 2008.
  • Ebola Virus Crisis Worsens for Lack of Global Help.
  • U.S. Bank Profits Near Record Levels
  • Resurgent U.S. Dollar Fuels Rally
  • U.S. Says Missile Downed Malaysia Airlines Plane over Ukraine

Q3 Index Returns (Jul – Sept)

  • U.S Market  + .01 %
  • Developed  – 5.74 %
  • Emerging – 3.5%
  • Real Estate  – 4.07%
  • U.S Bond +.17%
  • Global Bond +2.01%

Notable Highs

  • UAE + 22.26
  • EGYPT + 20.05
  • COFFEE + 7.95

Notable Lows

  • GREECE ( -20.58)
  • PORTUGAL (-19.75)
  • RUSSIA ( – 15.36)