January 8, 2021 Ben Brown, CFP®, EA

2020 Q4 & Annual Market Review

Below is a preview of our 2020 Q4 & annual market review.
Download the full PDF report at the end of this post for our complete commentary.

This review features world capital market performance and a timeline of events for the past quarter, as well as an annual review for 2020.

Q4 Market Summary

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Q4 World Stock Market Performance

These headlines are not offered to explain market returns. Instead, they serve as a reminder that investors should view daily events from a long-term perspective and avoid making investment decisions based solely on the news.

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Q4 World Asset Classes

Equity markets around the globe posted positive returns in the fourth quarter. Looking at broad market indices, emerging markets outperformed non-US developed markets and US equities.

Value outperformed growth across regions. Small caps outperformed large caps across regions as well.

REIT indices underperformed equity market indices in both the US and non-US developed markets.

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2020 Year in Review

Annual Market Summary

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Annual World Asset Classes

Equity markets around the globe posted positive returns in 2020. Looking at broad market indices, US equities outperformed emerging and non-US developed markets.

Value underperformed growth across regions. Small caps outperformed large caps in non-US developed and emerging markets but underperformed in the US.

REIT indices underperformed equity market indices in both the US and non-US developed markets.

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Download the PDF version for a complete review featuring additional performance data for individual asset classes and further commentary.

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