Market and Economic Insights
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The economic expansion is in the later innings. We are applying a neutral approach to multi asset portfolios as neither stocks or bonds appear cheap. Diversification remains our long term approach.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Higher interest rates and trade tensions have recently caused jitters in global markets, but the economy appears to be on solid footing.
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.
Volatility is back after an abnormally tranquil 2017. Here are CTB’s views on the recent stock market correction.
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® 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.
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.
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.
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.
Our COUNTRY Trust Bank® team provides its outlook for the economy and financial markets, along with thoughts on maintaining a disciplined, long-term approach.
Our COUNTRY Trust Bank® team reviews the economy and financial markets in 2016 and provides its outlook for 2017 and beyond.