Last week was a wild one for the global equity markets as reflected by declines of 5.1%, 4.5% and 6.4% for the US large cap Russell 1000® Index, US small cap Russell 2000® Index and FTSE All-World® ex US Index, respectively, with a very high level of market volatility.
Amid this challenging investment landscape, global index provider FTSE Russell offered data and insight for investors seeking context:
Alec Young, managing director, global markets research, FTSE Russell:
“We saw a sharp increase in equity market volatility last week as faster than expected US wage growth sparked investor fears of inflation and more aggressive Fed tightening. But investors can take a step back and put recent losses in context, remembering that the Russell 1000, Russell 2000 and FTSE All-World ex US Indexes are still up 15.3%, 8.6% and 15.8%, respectively, over the past 12 months. In addition, it’s also worth remembering that market volatility had been at a historically low level until recently.”
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