Second Quarter Market Overview

Market Outlook


Wayne Wicker, CFA®

Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer

ICMA-RC’s Wayne Wicker, CFA, Senior Vice President & Chief Investment Officer, discusses the financial markets’ performance over the past quarter and potential upcoming market activity in the Second Quarter 2018 Market Overview.

Mr. Wicker expands on the following key points:

  • Geopolitical headline risk related to trade negotiations remains elevated.
  • The flattening of the yield curve was a dominant theme in U.S. fixed income markets.
  • Investor sentiment plunged amid concerns emanating from outside the U.S., resulting in the worst first-half returns for global equities in eight years, as measured by the MSCI World Investable Market Index.

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