Please see the information for the January 2021 Index Returns below.
- Returns were mixed, both in the US and ex-US
- Small cap value continues its tear, rising 5.3% in January and topping all indexes shown. The category also topped all indexes shown for the last three months, jumping 35.5% over the time period.
- As a comparison during January, the S&P 500 fell 1%, MSCI EAFE declined 1.1% while the MSCI EM gained 3.1%
In fixed income:
- With the short end of the yield curve not changing much over the month, ST Treasury and Corp benchmarks experienced relatively flat returns for the month.
- At the same time, the 5 year part of the curve and longer saw increases in yield throughout January, driving returns of Intermediate and Long term Treasury and Corp bonds returns into negative territory. Intermediate and long term Treasuries saw their yields rise starting on January 6, when Democrats took control of the Senate after the Georgia run-off election, raising expectations for more government spending.
- Munis experienced positive returns across the curve.
- ST TIPS gained 62 bps in January, the top FI performer for the month.
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As an additional note, please keep in mind that these reflect historical performance of the current models, not necessarily how accounts were invested in the past.