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How do you know when the market is bad? When the safest stocks are also the best performing. It sounds like an old market joke, but it couldn’t be more true right now. Stocks are down around 10% this month, the worst December since the Great Depression. A good sample of these low volatility stocks can be found in Invesco’s S&P 500 Low Volatility ETF (SPLV). That ETF has fallen just 7% from the market’s September peak, while the S&P 500 has fallen 16%. Looking at correlations, the majority of stocks with the best 90-day momentum are also those with the lowest volatility.
FINSUM: The market is playing defense, and with good reason.
Amazon has been hit hard lately. The company’s surprise earnings caught the market off guard, which led to a big tumble in the shares, with the stock dropping over 10%. However, that presents a good buying opportunity, says Barron’s. The market was nervous because of the slowdown in revenue growth, but according to one analyst “We believe revenue growth is becoming a less relevant metric for Amazon given the outsize growth of the company’s cloud and advertising businesses”.
FINSUM: Amazon is still a fast growing business, but it is becoming more mature, which means expanding margins are going to be a key metric to watch. That is an area the company is excelling in.
Yesterday’s relief rally has already turned sour. Earnings out of Amazon and Google greatly disappointed the market and shot the Nasdaq down as far as 3% in premarket trading. However, despite all the trouble, Wells Fargo says it is the best time to buy stocks since before Trump’s presidency. According to the head of the Wells Fargo Investment Institute, “We believe that this isn’t the end of the cycle or the bull market, and we favor deploying cash now—or even allocating incrementally over the coming days and weeks”, continuing “Current conditions have the potential to create some of the best entry points into equity markets since the November 2016 elections”. That said, Wells Fargo acknowledges that we are at the end of the “easy period” of low volatility and an accommodative Fed.
FINSUM: It is anybody’s guess as to whether this view is right, but we reluctantly tend to agree that stocks are probably going to recover from this bout of volatility sooner rather than later.
Yesterday was a full-on panic in markets. Shares plunged across the board from a broad mix of worries about rates, earnings, the economy, and trade war. The Nasdaq was hit hardest, falling 4.4% into correction territory. Losses in the Dow and S&P 500 were enough to eliminate all gains for the year. Earnings have continued to be strong, but it has not helped support stocks much, if at all. The S&P 500 is now 9.4% off its 52-week high.
FINSUM: Our own view on stocks is that this will be a temporary hiccup and equities will steady themselves soon. Given that earnings growth is strong and the economy is still very healthy, it is hard to imagine a bear market starting.
That is quite a counterintuitive headline, but in an odd way, it could not be more true. Bloomberg has put out a piece, which echoes many advisors, that the current bull market could actually end up hurting many retirees. The reason why is that many have experienced hefty gains in the last decade and feel comfortable retiring. However, after such a sharp run higher, the market is likely to experience a steep correction. For retirees seeking to steadily withdraw money from their accounts, this could pose a major problem, as a drop in the market could cause such significant damage to portfolio value that even outperformance in subsequent years may not make up for it.
FINSUM: This is a valuable point that all retirees and their advisors need to bear in mind. Portfolio construction and planning definitely need to take this threat into account.