Developed international markets also did quite well as investor concerns about a collapse in the Euro receded. Artisan Partner's International Value strategy and Lazard's LQE Small Cap Advantage product both posted gains of 7.2 percent on the quarter, besting the benchmark MSCI EAFE return of 6.6 percent.
"Last year was not a good time to be timid, since generally speaking the investors who were willing to take the biggest risks managed to reap the biggest rewards," said Marc Odo, Director of Applied Research, Informa Investment Solutions. "U.S. equities lead the pack for most of the year before overseas investments inched ahead of U.S. markets in the last quarter."
The year's "risk-on" theme also extended into the realm of fixed income, as demonstrated by the 3.2 percent gain for High Yield bonds. Perennial fixed income powerhouses BlackRock and Loomis Sayles both boasted high yield products delivering a 4.0 percent quarterly return.
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