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Monthly Market Risk Update: December 2023 [SlideShare]

Posted by Sam Millette

This entry was posted on Dec 20, 2023 12:07:44 PM

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Monthly Market Risk UpdateEquity markets rebounded in November, with all three major U.S. indices up for the month. The S&P 500 gained 9.13 percent, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 9.15 percent in November. The Nasdaq Composite led the way, with the technology-heavy index rising 10.83 percent. Falling interest rates supported higher valuations, leading to positive returns for stocks.

Given the concerns about inflation and slowing growth, we have kept the overall market risk level at yellow for now.

View a breakdown of the risks we’re watching in this SlideShare.

 


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