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US Market Report - 2011, A Year for Minimum Volatility

2011 was a difficult and turbulent year for institutional investors as sovereign debt problems haunted market participants. In the US, this culminated in July with the congressional debate over the debt ceiling. Despite the agreement forged by lawmakers, the perceived government instability cost the US its AAA rating. This downgrade did not leave the equity market unaffected as market risk increased abruptly.