US economy, equities
With recent comments from the Federal Reserve sounding more accommodative and evidence of a positive turn in trade negotiations, it felt as if equity markets were finally set for some relief.
From an economic standpoint, we believe that growth in the U.S. will remain above potential in the coming quarters, but it seems unlikely that the robust growth seen in 2Q18 will be sustained.
U.S. stocks rallied this week and the S&P 500 posted its single best day in roughly eight months, welcome news to investors struggling through recent volatility. Some of this performance may be tied to G20 summit optimism and cheaper starting valuations.
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Following two years of double-digit positive performance, emerging market (EM) equities have reversed course this year.