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May was an exceptional month for just about every asset class. Domestic stocks had another strong month, and the overall market is now in the black for the year. The S&P 500 Index gained 5.6% and was up 3% for the first five months of the year. Smaller-caps generally lagged larger-caps in May but still posted a gain of 1.6% -- solid, if not spectacular. Year-to-date, there has been a big disparity between growth and value, with the former outperforming the latter by a wide margin across all market capitalizations. Developed international equities had a very strong month, with the MSCI EAFE Index gaining 11.8%, bringing its year-to-date return to +8.6%. The strong showing for foreign stocks was even greater for emerging-markets equities, which gained 17.1% in May to bring its 2009 return to more than +37.9%.
Investment-grade bonds, as measured by the Barclay’s Aggregate Index, gained almost 0.7% in May, while high-yield bonds, as measured by the Barclay’s High Yield index, continued their strong run with a 6.7% gain. High-yield is now up 23.5% in 2009. Bank loans, as measured by the CSFB Bank Loan Index, also continued their strong rebound with a gain of 5.7% and are now up 22.4% year-to-date. Municipal bonds eked out a gain of 0.22% and have returned +3.7% this year...
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