2018 has seen the stock market struggle to find direction, as political risks and robust earnings growth have offset one another, complicating the investment landscape.
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.
This shutdown closed about a quarter of federal offices, and nine agencies have begun to implement contingency plans as the timing of any resolution remains uncertain.
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.
Markets have bounced back nicely in 2019 after a volatile December due to concerns of rising rates, peak economic and earnings growth and geopolitical tensions.
Now is an opportune time for investors to reassess whether passive bond investing can deliver on their fixed income allocation objectives.
The financial crisis left many pension plans – both public and private – in an uncomfortable situation.
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.
1Q18 earnings update: A tailwind from taxes
This bulletin recaps the second quarter earnings season and discusses the outlook for earnings for the rest of 2016.