Q3 2021 Global Markets Review & Outlook

Inside, you will find a summary of market activity and our market outlook.

Global markets started Q3 strong, rising in July and August. But volatility returned in September, driving equities slightly lower during the quarter. Growth beat value again—albeit narrowly—and Tech led most other sectors while value had a short burst of outperformance toward September’s end.

  • We continue to favor larger, high-quality companies given our assessment that we remain in a late bull market cycle despite the technical bear in 2020.
  • While value’s relative strength occasionally interrupted growth’s leadership in Q3, sustainable value leadership is unlikely until the early stages of the next bull market.
  • Economic growth and inflation expectations likely continue to moderate as global economies reopen supporting our preference for growth equities.
*The foregoing information constitutes the views of Fisher Investments based on information believed to be reliable. There can be no assurances that Fisher Investments will continue to hold these views. These views may change at any time based on new information, analysis, or reconsideration.
About Fisher Investments

Founded in 1979, Fisher Investments is an independent, fee-only investment adviser with $189 billion under management.* Fisher Investments maintains four principal business units, Fisher Investments Institutional Group, Fisher Investments Private Client Group, Fisher Investments 401(k) Solutions Group and Fisher Investments Private Client Group International, which serve a global client base of diverse investors. The clients of Fisher Investments and its affiliates include over 100,000 clients. Founder and Executive Chairman Ken Fisher’s “Portfolio Strategy” column for Forbes ran from 1984 through 2016, making him the longest continually running columnist in the magazine’s 90+ year history. He has also authored several New York Times bestsellers on finance and investing. (*As of 09/30/21)