This weekly update provides a snapshot of changes in the economy and markets and their implications for investors.
The current earnings season has been mixed; lower energy prices and a stronger dollar are headwinds, but health care sector M&A is providing an offset.
The yield curve inversion, has become a trusted signal of impending economic turmoil due to the close historical relationship between inversions and recessions.
Trade was the hot topic of 2018, with the U.S. administration engaging in negotiations with many major trading partners.
A greater percentage of negative yielding bonds has reignited the hunt for yield as investors look for higher yields in riskier asset classes.
The U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed) has called a halt to the balance sheet reduction program earlier, and at a higher terminal level, than investors first anticipated.
Equities continue to look attractive relative to fixed income, and could very well move higher in the short-term given firmer economic data and a Fed on hold.
Reaching for yield, which we define as buying bonds with wider spreads after controlling for sector and rating impacts, is a topic that frequently arises in the life insurance industry.
While increased volatility may be on the horizon, strong earnings growth will prevent minor pullbacks from becoming more severe and will support a continued rise in U.S. equity markets in the face of rising rates.
At its July meeting, the U.S Federal Reserve (the Fed) cut rates for the first time since December 2008.