Second Quarter 2022
The first half of 2022 has been a nightmare for even the most seasoned of investors. When looking back, from the March 2020 lows until January 2022, investors were treated to a 21-month bull market that saw equity markets more than double. Since then, the S&P 500 has dropped 20.6%, its worst first six months of a year since 1970. The Dow Jones Industrial Average’s 15.3% first-half drop is its worst since 1962, while declines of 29.5% from the NASDAQ Composite and 23.9% from the Russell 2000 are both indexes’ worst first halves on record. The Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate, a broad index of fixed-income securities, fell 10.7% since the start of 2022. That’s also its worst first half on record, based on data going back to 1975.