Markets and economy
Weekly Market & Economic Update | 01.14.19
The stock market gained last week, despite modestly softer economic data. As we head into earnings season, markets are likely to focus on corporate earnings forecasts.
The stock market continues to be volatile as we enter 2019 and news flow has been negative.
The overall capital market landscape remains turbulent, with major domestic and international indices marking new lows for 2018.
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.
Equity market indices and investor portfolios to be impacted by upcoming stock sector reclassifications. This overview provides insights about the changes.
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Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) can help safeguard your portfolio against the effects of rising prices, but they do include risks. See full story on U.S. Bank’s Financial IQ website »
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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.