Weekly Investment Update: August 30, 2021

Aug 30, 2021 | Investment Updates, Weekly Investment Updates

Global equity markets advanced last week as Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve Chair, indicated that the Fed may begin tapering its monthly bond purchases in 2021 but that investors should not expect interest rate hikes in the near-term[1]. His comments came after the annual Jackson Hole symposium and investors seemed pleased by the message, as the S&P 500 (a proxy for large-cap US stocks) gained 0.9% on Friday. Powell did mention the delta variant, which has helped push Covid-19 hospitalizations in the US over 100,000 for the first time since January[2], as an issue the Fed will be watching as they weigh the timing of future decisions.

Interest in Bitcoin and other crypto currencies has spiked again as prices have jumped over the past month. The rebound comes after a mid-May sell-off that saw Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin all fall more than 50% from their previous highs.  As always, we recommend that investors exercise caution when considering any highly volatile investment, as the timing of entry and exit prices can materially impact investor outcomes.

Line graph depicting Bitcoin Price % Change, Ethereum Price % Change, and Litecoin Price% Change from January 2021 to August 2021

Prices & Interest Rates


Representative Index Current Year-End 2020
Crude Oil (US WTI) $68.67 $48.42
Gold $1,818 $1,893
US Dollar 92.68 89.94
2 Year Treasury 0.22% 0.13%
10 Year Treasury 1.31% 0.93%
30 Year Treasury 1.91% 1.65%
Source: Morningstar, YCharts, and US Treasury as of August 29, 2021


Asset Class Returns

Category Representative Index YTD 2021 Full Year 2020
Global Equity MSCI All-Country World 15.3% 16.3%
Global Equity MSCI All-Country World ESG Leaders 16.6% 16.0%
US Large Cap Equity S&P 500 21.2% 18.4%
US Large Cap Equity Dow Jones Industrial Average 17.3% 9.7%
US Small Cap Equity Russell 2000 16.0% 20.0%
Foreign Developed Equity MSCI EAFE 11.2% 7.8%
Emerging Market Equity MSCI Emerging Markets 0.0% 18.3%
US Fixed Income Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond 1.5% 5.2%
US Fixed Income Bloomberg Barclays US Agg Bond -0.7% 7.5%
Global Fixed Income Bloomberg Barclays Global Agg. Bond -2.4% 9.2%
Source: YCharts as of August 29, 2021


[1] Jerome Powell’s Jackson Hole Speech: Says Tapering Could Begin This Year – Bloomberg
[2] U.S. Covid-19 Hospitalizations Nearly Doubled in August as Some States Ask for Resources – WSJ


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