April stock markets added to monthly investment returns. Technology stocks held the lead. Some market sectors have slowed their pace, like International and Utilities. Some sectors dropped a little in April: Bonds, and Health Care, REIT, and Energy stocks. For investment portfolios with particular exposure to these sectors, monthly returns were reduced but still enjoyed a growth month.
Economic data now suggest a shift in the year-to-date trends. Earlier signs of an economy beginning to turn reversed in April. This aging bull market may have a second wind before it eventually declines. That means perhaps more upside stock growth in the coming months. Your diversified portfolio is prepared to weather vagaries in the markets with minimal disturbance and solid benefits.
This slow soggy spring delights new lawns. Lush green outdoor carpets offer some compensation for little sun. Like a missed familiar friend, May never returns soon enough. Warmth and color, welcome.