Displaying items by tag: volatility

Tuesday, 20 November 2018 17:43

Goldman Says You Should Retreat to Cash

(New York)

Here is a big warning. Goldman Sachs says that with bonds and stocks falling, and the outlook remaining poor, cash will be king. The bank thinks that stocks will only rise by single digits in 2019. In the words of Goldman analysts, led by David Kostin, the chief of Goldman’s research arm, “We forecast S&P 500 will generate a modest single-digit absolute return in 2019. The risk-adjusted return will be less than half the long-term average. Cash will represent a competitive asset class to stocks for the first time in many years”.

FINSUM: Goldman basically think T-bills are a great buy right now and we have a hard time disagreeing. The yields on short-term holdings are very favorable and quite rate insensitive.

Published in Eq: Total Market
Wednesday, 07 November 2018 12:35

Get Ready for a Rush Back Into Stocks


The midterm elections are finally in the rearview mirror, and generally speaking, the results are exactly what the market expected. That means it may be time for a rush back into stocks after the turmoil of the last month. One analyst put it this way, saying “Following this week’s volatility and the FANGs selloff this week, we’re likely to see traders getting back in and buying the dip. The elections have been a win for both the Republicans and the Democrats, and this will bring balance to the market”.

FINSUM: We do suspect investors will breath a sigh of relief. Firstly, things went according to plan, but secondly, a split Congress is in some ways the best case scenario for stocks.

Published in Eq: Total Market
Tuesday, 06 November 2018 09:57

Stick with Stocks Despite Midterms

(New York)

Barron’s has made an argument to investors. Despite all the turmoil recently, and the potential threat of the midterm elections, it says you should stick with stocks. Part of the reason is historical—stocks have usually continued to do well even when Congress flips (though the sample size historically is small). For instance, the stock market continued to perform well when Congress turned against Obama. On a policy front, the outcome looks positive too, as Democrats could limit some of the less popular policies of the Republicans, like a trade war, which would help US corporates.

FINSUM: We think the election is going to be positive for shares if everything goes as it is forecasted to. Any change from the blue House-red Senate prediction might shake markets.

Published in Eq: Total Market
Monday, 05 November 2018 10:30

How to Position for the Unlikely Bear Market

(New York)

The world may be on the verge of a recession and a bear market, or maybe not. But either way, investors need to think about the possibility and have a plan for how to handle it if it comes. With that in mind, some experts have weighed in on the topic. T. Rowe Price says that in a downturn, investors need to buy more emerging markets and hold less bank loans. Charles Schwab thinks investors need to get more defensive, moving out of growth stocks and into defensive sectors, like healthcare. Northern Trust is more benign and does not see big changes coming to the market or economy.

FINSUM: If the economy really goes south, we think the market will go with it, which means defensive sectors would be a good bet. We imagine the Dollar would stay strong and yields would be lower, so income investments could shine(which also happen to be quite defensive).

Published in Eq: Total Market
Thursday, 01 November 2018 10:43

Wall Street is Excited About the Rally

(New York)

Wall Street is getting behind the stock market in a way that is atypical for the current environment. Following a big fall in stocks, banks and analysts usually get shy about calling a rally and generally stay neutral or call for further losses. However, following the best two consecutive trading days since February, they are getting behind stocks with unusual vigor. For instance, JP Morgan’s all-world analyst said that the “rolling bear market” might turn into a “rolling squeeze higher” and that “the potential for a violent upside rally is substantial”.

FINSUM: We are not as optimistic as Wall Street, but certainly don’t feel gloomy about the market given the strength of earnings and the economy.

Published in Eq: Total Market
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