Markets and economy
Weekly Market & Economic Update | 03.18.19
Stock market performance was strong, widening the gap compared to softer economic growth. The U.S. economy is likely to remain positive, but markets may require improved earnings to validate market valuations.
As we look ahead to 2019, prospects for the coming year look a bit less clear than has been the case in recent years.
Our positioning remains neutral, with a cautious bias on the high-yield category (which includes bank loans, as growing risks in the loan market warrant caution, despite strong recent performance.
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The Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017, which took effect on January 1, 2018 created an expanded opportunity for tax savings through strategic use of gifting strategies.
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Cash tends to become a more visible component in a portfolio during times of elevated market volatility and economic uncertainty. But one possible downside is that yields on very liquid assets are generally low, which can potentially erode purchasing power if the yield earned is lower than the current inflation rate.
As expected, the Federal Reserve (Fed) kept rates unchanged following the March 20 meeting. The Committee reiterated that future rate changes will be data dependent, noting U.S. economic data is “in a good place” despite slightly reducing expectations for growth and increasing unemployment estimates.