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Market and Economic Insights

Stay up-to-date on economic and financial market developments.

Market and Economic Outlook - Released 6/30/19

Our enthusiasm for global equities has tempered a bit, amid slowing growth and increased uncertainty. After several years of favoring equities over bonds, we now have a more neutral outlook between the two asset classes.

Market and Economic Outlook - Released 3/31/19

The pendulum of fear and greed has swung far in both directions the last few months. We expect the rapid pace of rising stock prices to slow and for volatility to resume.

Market and Economic Outlook - Released 12/31/18

Market volatility could very well carry over into the new year, but the best course for investors will be to keep emotions in check and remain focused on the long term.

COUNTRY Trust Bank Special Report on Recent Market Volatility - Released 10/30/2018

October has been a rough month for the stock market, but CTB believes that investors should generally refrain from making large changes to their portfolios based on market volatility.

Market and Economic Outlook - Released 09/30/18

Robust economic growth has boosted corporate profits and U.S. equities this year. We continue to favor stocks over bonds, but rising rates have made fixed income investments a bit more attractive.

Market and Economic Outlook - Released 06/30/18

Higher interest rates and trade tensions have recently caused jitters in global markets, but the economy appears to be on solid footing.

Market and Economic Outlook - Released 03/31/18

The stock market has been volatile recently, but underlying fundamentals have remained solid. While CTB believes that volatility could persist, they continue to favor stocks over bonds, albeit slightly.

COUNTRY Trust Bank Special Report: Volatility is Back - Released 2/12/2018

Volatility is back after an abnormally tranquil 2017. Here are CTB’s views on the recent stock market correction.

Market and Economic Outlook - Released 01/02/18

The stock market soared with record low volatility in 2017. The landscape looks favorable for equities in 2018, but investors need to maintain discipline.

COUNTRY Trust Bank Special Report: 10 Years After the Crash - Released 12/5/2017

COUNTRY Trust Bank® believes that successful investing is about ‘time in’ the market rather than ‘timing’ the market, and the solid returns over the last 10 years are one reason why.

Market and Economic Outlook - Released 09/30/17

The stock market has continued to rally without much interruption. While there are certainly some reasons for optimism, our COUNTRY Trust Bank® team recommends that investors avoid being lulled into complacency.

Special Report - Released 8/15/17

The S&P 500® has trounced most international indexes over the last several years. However, our COUNTRY Trust Bank® team does not expect similar underperformance from international stock markets going forward.

Market and Economic Outlook - Released 06/30/17

Our COUNTRY Trust Bank® team provides its outlook for the economy and financial markets, along with thoughts on market timing and the recent lack of volatility.

Market and Economic Outlook - Released 03/31/17

Our COUNTRY Trust Bank® team provides its outlook for the economy and financial markets, along with thoughts on maintaining a disciplined, long-term approach.

Market Review and Outlook - Released 01/03/17

Our COUNTRY Trust Bank® team reviews the economy and financial markets in 2016 and provides its outlook for 2017 and beyond.