Quarterly Market Review - Q4 2021

Welcome to RPAG Quarterly Market Review for Q4 2021 where we discuss U.S. equity markets, international equities, broad U.S fixed income market, and much more.


  • U.S. equity markets rallied to record highs in the fourth quarter, rising 9.3% (Russell 3000) on strong corporate profit growth.
  • International equities rose to a lesser extent, posting a 1.8% gain over the quarter (MSCI ACWI ex U.S.).
  • The broad U.S. fixed income market was flat for the fourth quarter (Bloomberg Barclays Aggregate) as longer-term interest rates stabilized.
  • The U.S. labor market continued to improve during the fourth quarter with unemployment dropping to 3.9% in December.
  • For the third quarter in a row, large-cap growth stocks led the market with the Russell 1000 Growth outperforming the Russell 1000 Value by almost 4 percentage points this quarter.
  • The Federal Reserve kept rates at nearly zero during the quarter but began tapering their asset purchase program. Additionally, the Fed now expects multiple rate hikes in 2022 due to rising inflation and tightening labor markets.

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