The 3rd quarter of 2015 was marked by heightened volatility spurred by growing concerns over slowing global economic growth. Sharp declines in commodity prices and uncertainty over the magnitude and pace of China’s slowdown and the resultant effect on other markets were central points of worry.
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Global financial markets were volatile in the first quarter of 2015 with negative returns in domestic equities in January, strong results in February and mixed returns in March contrasted with opposite results in domestic fixed income. For the full quarter, broad equity indices generated positive returns in most regions and styles with U.S. large value being the only area to suffer a loss.
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