September 20, 2021—German stocks have had a strong run of performance in 2021 through September 17, returning 12.3% in EUR terms and 7.7% in USD terms. More broadly, Euro Area stocks have returned 17.8% in EUR terms and 13.0% in USD terms. Consequently, our portfolio construction overweights to international developed country stocks have made a significant contribution to portfolio performance.
Private markets. Sounds like a secret club. And in many ways, it is—but today we are going to lift the veil of secrecy and let light in upon the mystery. To help break down this complex topic, we have Senior Portfolio Manager Jordan Strauss and Senior Research Analyst Julian Freeman. Let’s first lay out the basics. Julian, what exactly is meant by private markets investing—and how does it differ from public markets?Private markets (PM) fits within the alternatives asset class.
In the September issue of our monthly flagship publication, we feature:On the Record by Chief Investment Officer Tony Roth, where he shares his views on the resiliency of the financial markets amid political and social crises, including the resurgence of COVID-19 and waning vaccine effectiveness, China’s regulatory crackdown, and high U.S. inflation, among a host of other developments.