Investment Insights Podcast: November 2018 market and economic outlook

Leigh Lowman, CFA, Investment Manager

On this week’s podcast (recorded November 9, 2018), Leigh provides a brief review of the October markets.

 

Quick hits:

  • It was a rough start to the fourth quarter as increasing concerns over the “wall of worry” led to risk assets suffering a sharp drawdown in October.
  • Despite these negatives, US fundamentals remained solid with third quarter US real GDP growth coming in at 3.5% and unemployment at a record low.
  • The S&P 500 Index was down -6.8% for the month, bringing the year to date gain down to 3.0%
  • Developed international equities, as measured by the MSCI EAFE Index, were down -8.0% for the month and -8.9% year to date.
  • The Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Index was down -0.8% for the month and is down -2.4% year to date.
  • Despite the October sell-off in equity markets, we remain positive on risk assets over the intermediate term.

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Investment Insights Podcast: October 2018 market and economic outlook

Leigh Lowman, CFA, Investment Manager

On this week’s podcast (recorded October 12, 2018), Leigh provides a brief review of the third quarter markets.

 

Quick hits:

  • Risk assets were mixed for the third quarter with domestic equities outperforming international equities by a large margin.
  • Despite what historically is a challenging quarter from a seasonality perspective, a strong macroeconomic backdrop triggered robust growth within US equities.
  • The S&P 500 Index was up 7.2% for the quarter with all sectors posting positive returns and year-to-date is up 10.6%.
  • Developed international equities, as measured by the MSCI EAFE Index, were up 1.4% for the quarter and down -1.0% year-to-date.
  • The Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Index was flat for the quarter and down -1.6% year-to-date.
  • We remain positive on risk assets over the intermediate term, although we acknowledge we are in the later innings of the bull market and the second half of the business cycle.

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Investment Insights Podcast: September 2018 market and economic outlook

Leigh Lowman, CFA, Investment Manager

On this week’s podcast (recorded September 7, 2018), Leigh provides a brief review of August markets.

 

Quick hits:

  • Despite what historically is a difficult month for markets, US equities finished in strong positive territory and a new record was set for the longest bull market in history.
  • The S&P 500 Index was up 3.3% for the month and has gained 9.9% year to date.
  • Developed international equities as measured by the MSCI EAFE Index were down -1.9% for the month and -1.9% year to date.
  • Emerging Markets Index was down -2.7% for the month and -6.9% year to date.
  • The Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Index was up 0.6% for the month with all sectors posting positive returns.
  • The 10-year Treasury yield declined 12 basis points, ending the month at 2.85%, and led to further flattening of the yield curve.

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Investment Insights Podcast: August 2018 market and economic outlook

Leigh Lowman, CFA, Investment Manager

On this week’s podcast (recorded August 10, 2018), Leigh provides a brief review of July markets.

 

Quick hits:

  • The third quarter was off to a good start with risk assets positive for July.
  • Global trade tensions continued to escalate throughout the month, but geopolitical uncertainty was offset by positive economic growth.
  • The S&P 500 Index was up 3.7% for the month with sector performance positive across the board.
  • Developed international equities, as measured by the MSCI EAFE Index, was up 2.5% for the month and flat year-to-date.
  • The Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Index was flat for the month and down -1.6% year-to-date.
  • Overall, we remain positive on risk assets over the intermediate-term.

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Investment Insights Podcast: July 2018 market and economic outlook

Leigh Lowman, CFA, Investment Manager

On this week’s podcast (recorded July 13, 2018), Leigh provides a brief review of the second quarter.

 

Quick hits:

  • Volatility continued into the second quarter with risk asset performance mixed.
  • The Fed implemented a 25-basis point rate hike in June and revised its forecast from three to four rate hikes for 2018.
  • Concern over a more hawkish Fed coupled with increasing trade tensions will likely cause volatility to persist, but we expect fiscal stimulus and strong fundamentals will lead to positive economic growth over the intermediate-term.

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Investment Insights Podcast: June 2018 market and economic outlook

Leigh Lowman, CFA, Investment Manager

On this week’s podcast (recorded June 8, 2018), Leigh provides a brief review of May markets.

 

Quick hits:

  • Political risk dominated headlines with uncertainty escalating around the Trump administration trade policy, increasing tensions between the US and its trading partners.
  • The S&P 500 was up 2.4% for the month and up 2.0% year to date.
  • Developed international equities as measured by the MSCI EAFE Index was down -2.1% in May and is lagging domestic equities year-to-date.
  • The Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Index was positive for the month but is down -1.5% year-to-date.
  • Overall, we remain constructive on risk assets over the intermediate-term but recognize more normalized volatility will likely continue throughout the year.

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Investment Insights Podcast: May 2018 market and economic outlook

Leigh Lowman, CFA, Investment Manager

On this week’s podcast (recorded May 11, 2018), Leigh provides a brief review of April markets.

 

Quick hits:

  • Higher market volatility persisted throughout April with risk asset performance mixed
  • The S&P 500 Index was up 0.4% for the month and down -0.4% year-to-date
  • Developed international equities as measured by the MSCI EAFE Index was up 2.4% in April and is outperforming domestic equities year-to-date
  • The Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Index was down -0.7% as fears of inflation and rising interest rates created headwinds for traditional fixed income securities
  • Overall we remain positive on risk assets over the intermediate-term as macroeconomic data continues to lean positive

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Investment Insights Podcast: April 2018 market and economic outlook

Leigh Lowman, CFA, Investment Manager

On this week’s podcast (recorded April 13, 2018), Leigh provides a brief review of March markets.

 

Quick hits:

  • After a tumultuous quarter, most asset classes ended slightly negative.
  • The S&P 500 Index finished the quarter slightly negative with sector performance largely negative.
  • Developed international equities were negative for the quarter, underperforming domestic equities.
  • Rising interest rates and fears of inflation led to volatile conditions for fixed income markets during the first quarter.
  • Despite the volatility experienced recently, we remain positive on risk assets over the intermediate-term.

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Investment Insights Podcast: March 2018 market and economic outlook

Leigh Lowman, CFA, Investment Manager

On this week’s podcast (recorded March 9, 2018), Leigh provides a brief review of February markets.

 

Quick hits:

  • Market volatility came roaring back in February with the VIX index surging to levels last seen in 2015 and washing out signs of complacency that were present earlier in the year.
  • The S&P 500 Index finished the month down -3.7% and is up 1.8% year to date.
  • Developed international equities underperformed domestic equities for the month.
  • Within fixed income all sectors posted negative returns.
  • Overall, we continue to remain positive on risk assets over the intermediate-term.

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February 2018 market and economic outlook

Lowman_FLeigh Lowman, CFA, Investment Manager

Despite the pick-up in volatility at the end of January, risk assets continued their upward ascent throughout the month. Expectations surrounding the implementation of the newly passed tax reform bill and the weakening US dollar served as positive catalysts for the month. Macroeconomic data was mixed; fourth quarter real GDP growth came in slightly below expectations but manufacturing activity accelerated and the US jobs report was positive. Although we have seen initial signs of rising inflation, levels remain subdued as low unemployment has yet to translate into meaningful wage growth. We expect the Federal Reserve (Fed) to remain on track with interest rate normalization and the positive, albeit choppy, market momentum we have seen to date indicates that markets can likely withstand an additional Fed rate hike in March.

The S&P 500 Index was up 5.7% for the month with cyclicals outperforming defensive sectors. Consumer discretionary (+9.3%) led while tax cuts and a solid job market served as positive catalysts. Information technology (+7.6%) and financials (+6.5%) also posted strong returns for the month. Utilities (-3.1%) and REITs (-2.0%) were down as traditional bond proxy sectors experienced headwinds amidst rising interest rates. Growth outperformed value and large-cap outperformed both mid-cap and small-cap equities.

Developed international equities (+5.0%) performed in line with domestic equities. Fundamentals within the Eurozone continued to improve and sentiment is high. The focus remains on European Central Bank policy and how the reduction of its quantitative easing purchases will impact markets. Emerging markets were up 8.3%. A weaker dollar and stronger demand for commodities served as tailwinds for both emerging Asia and Latin America regions.

Feb. 2018 Market Outlook

The Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Index was down -1.2% for the month. Interest rates surged with 10-year Treasury yields increasing 31 basis points, ending the month at 2.7%. Tightening monetary policy and improving US growth expectations will likely continue to put upward pressure on the long end of the yield curve. High yield was the only sector to post positive returns in January, as credit spreads continued to grind tighter. Like taxable bonds, municipals were negative for the month.

We remain positive on risk assets over the intermediate-term, although we acknowledge we are in the later innings of the bull market and the second half of the business cycle. While this cycle has been longer in duration compared to history, the recovery we have experienced has been muted, supported by the extended recovery period. While our macro outlook is biased in favor of the positives, the risks must not be ignored.

We find a number of factors supportive of the economy and markets over the near-term.

  • Pro-growth policies of the Administration: The Trump administration has delivered a new tax plan and a more benign regulatory environment. We could see additional government spending on infrastructure in 2018.
  • Synchronized global economic growth: Growth in the US has started to accelerate, and growth in both developed international and emerging economies has meaningfully improved. The tax cuts could also help to boost GDP growth in 2018.
  • Improvement in earnings growth: Corporate earnings growth has improved globally and corporate tax reform should further benefit US-based companies.
  • Elevated business sentiment: Measures like CEO Confidence and NFIB Small Business Optimism are at elevated levels. This typically leads to additional project spending and hiring, which should boost growth. The corporate tax cut should also benefit business confidence and lead to increased capital spending.

However, risks facing the economy and markets remain, including:

  • Fed tightening: The Fed will continue to tighten monetary policy, with at least three interest rate hikes priced in for 2018. We may see tightening from other global central banks as well.
  • Higher inflation: Current levels of inflation are muted but inflation expectations have ticked higher and the reflationary policies of the Administration could further boost levels. Should inflation move higher, the Fed may shift to a more aggressive tightening stance.
  • Geopolitical risks: Geopolitical risks including trade policies and global challenges could cause short-term market volatility.

Despite the volatility experienced over the last week, the technical backdrop of the market remains favorable, credit conditions are supportive, and global economic growth is accelerating. So far President Trump’s policies are being seen as pro-growth, and business and consumer confidence are elevated. The onset of new policies under the Trump administration and actions of central banks may lead to higher volatility, but our view on risk assets remains positive over the intermediate-term. Higher volatility can lead to attractive pockets of opportunity we can take advantage of as active managers.

Brinker Capital Barometer (as of 1/5/18)

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Source: Brinker Capital. Views expressed are for informational purposes only. Holdings subject to change. Not all asset classes referenced in this material may be represented in your portfolio. Indices are unmanaged and an investor cannot invest directly in an index. All investments involve risk including loss of principal. Fixed income investments are subject to interest rate and credit risk. Foreign securities involve additional risks, including foreign currency changes, political risks, foreign taxes, and different methods of accounting and financial reporting. S&P 500: An index consisting of 500 stocks chosen for market size, liquidity, and industry grouping, among other factors. The S&P 500 is designed to be a leading indicator of US equities and is meant to reflect the risk/return characteristics of the large-cap universe. Companies included in the Index are selected by the S&P Index Committee, a team of analysts and economists at Standard & Poor’s. Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate: A market capitalization-weighted index, maintained by Bloomberg Barclays, and is often used to represent investment grade bonds being traded in United States.