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1.  The ability for continued monetary stimulus and a hopeful trade resolution points to a global economic recovery, not recession, in 2020.

2.  Aggressive global central bank rate cuts will likely continue to keep bond yields lower.

3.  Fed’s dovish monetary policy should be short lived with one more rate cut expected this year followed by a justified firmer stance moving forward.

1.  Global equities posted positive performance for the quarter despite a difficult May with the S&P 500 recording best June since 1955.

2.  Collapse of 10 year treasuries contributed to a strong quarter for bonds.

3.  Though expansion is long in the tooth, current economic indicators support continued growth.

 

1.   Domestic equities’ performance in Q1 was the best in nearly 10 years.

 

2.   Favorable interest rates plus a potential China trade resolution have driven much of this year’s equity rally.

 

3.   The Fed’s pivot to a more dovish monetary policy drove U.S. bonds higher.

Executive Summary

  • The question for stocks in 2019 isn’t whether earnings will slow, it’s by how much.
  • During such slowdowns, the evidence shows that not all stocks are equal.
  • Tilting towards more defensive stocks during earnings slowdowns can be beneficial to one’s portfolio.

Stock market volatility recently returned to normal levels after a few years of abnormally low volatility. It’s a good time to remind ourselves how to take advantage of this very natural dynamic of investing rather than be deceived by it.

Here are five important reminders:

1.   Volatility is your friend.

Exhibit 1: Long-term View by Asset Class

The very reason equity markets offer the possibility of higher returns than saving or investment vehicles with less perceived risk, such as U.S. Treasury Bonds or Certificates of Deposits (CDs), is the higher risk and greater volatility associated with such holdings.

This is called the risk premium, something investors as a whole build into liquid, open, transparent financial markets every business day of the year around the world.

For instance, the S&P 500, over the last 90 years returned about 10% per year.* However, there were very few individual years it actually returned that amount. The reality is that in 40 of the 90 years, the index was up more than 20% or down more than 20%.

So, remember, the premium (return over less risky assets) you are seeking to receive in risk assets is precisely for accepting the bumpy ride associated with the investment vehicle.

So long as you genuinely are a long-term investor who can ride out the bumps to the level you have accepted, history demonstrates you can be fine. Exhibit 1 illustrates the long-term historic view of what broad asset classes look like: **

 

 

1.   We find little evidence of excess in the economy that usually results in a recession, and this gives us reason to think the next recession is still some time away.

 

2.   The investment markets are re-pricing for a slowdown in economic growth, but absent a recession, the bull market is likely to resume.

 

3.   Non-U.S. stocks and value stocks offer some attractive opportunities given their respective cycles.

January High-5 from Janiczek

A  monthly recap of articles designed to inform and inspire on a variety of topics related to investing and wealth management. 

In this edition:

  • 2019 Outlook / 2018 Top Takeaways and Market Review
  • Investing in Volatile Markets
  • Wealth & Health in 2019
  • More Freedom in 2019
  • All for One, One for All

  1. Ten years after the 2008 market meltdown, U.S. equities are up over 200% and posting fresh new all-time highs.
  2. Higher interest rates during the quarter presented some headwind for bond investors, but bonds can still generate decent returns within a long-term trend of higher interest rates.
  3. The underlying economy boasts plenty of strength, with economic growth during the rest of 2018 expected to remain above 3%.

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MLPs May Increase Portfolio Performance

Owning oil and gas pipelines can add octane to a portfolio’s performance, particularly in today’s energy and economic backdrop.

It’s our job to help clients gain the proper exposure to safety, market and aspirational asset categories. It’s also our job to identify pockets of the market that, when available, have attractive fundamentals and/or characteristics worth considering. Oil & Gas MLPs in the midstream space (storing and transporting energy) has caught our interest for years and remain an asset class of interest. While we take care of researching and handling the details for our clients, it doesn’t hurt for you to pipe into the conversation. Here’s a quick primer on the space.

Long-term strategies may challenge investors to stay focused. The fight against short-term thinking is getting harder as we accomplish so many things with increasing ease and speed.

There is more computing power in an iPhone than what NASA had during the first landing on the moon. Remember when Netflix mailed DVDs to your home? Now we can stream just about anything to our smartphones. And what would you have said ten years ago if I had told you the President of the United States’ main communication tool in 2018 would be Twitter?

But speed doesn’t change everything.


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