The big bull market of the last decade is now coming to an end, according to Morgan Stanley. The bank says that the US market cycle has moved into a “downturn” phase for the first time since 2007. The bank says the change in its cyclical indicator adds to “a litany of downside risks we see for the markets”. The bank says the change of phase typically means a bear market is coming. The call on markets came in a report delivered to MS clients on Sunday and follows May’s big 6%+ drop in stocks.
FINSUM: In our view, it is a particularly hard time to make a call on markets. Things do seem to be worsening in the data, but most of the negativity is colored by the trade war, which could conceivably end abruptly. That hint of positivity aside, it seems best to be positioned defensively.