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Growth Pangs

Growth Pangs

| August 15, 2019

The economic contraction around the world has got the investors jittery about the growth prospects in the United States. European markets fell after the German economy contracted by 0.1% in the spring and China’s growth in growth in factory output and retail spending weakened in the month of July. However, the Market's focus, on Wednesday August 14th, was on the inverted U.S. yield curve, which has historically been one of the more reliable recession indicators. When long-term bond yields are lower than short-term yields, the spread is negative and the yield curve is inverted, which means investors are concerned about the long-term growth prospects of the economy. But there is much more underneath the surface of lower yields than what we see. The yields across most of the developed economies are in the negative territory and the US Fed funds rate are among the highest in the developed economies. The flight to the safest haven, the US, and negative interest rates across the world, might be one of the causes of the 10-year yield falling to 3 year low. Nevertheless, we are not ignoring yield curve inversion, but the historic precedent for equity market returns post the yield inversion is bullish rather than bearish. 

According to Bank of America, In the last 10 inversions, from 1956 to present, the S&P 500 hit highs within three months six times and the other four times there was a yield curve inversion, it took 11 to 22 months for the S&P 500 to peak.

It doesn't mean the analysts are predicting an immediate S&P 500 meltdown or saying that growth isn't possible in the near term. In some cases, according to a note from Bank of America, the S&P 500 has rallied — an average of 16.7% — before falling in a "recession-related drawdown. So, there could be new high ahead for the S&P 500 before any downturn happens. If the economy goes into recession the average correction is close to 32% and it tends to last somewhere between 14 to 15 months. I think the biggest stabilizing factor for the markets could be a trade deal with China (soon) and Federal reserve rate cut. But that might not be the panacea for all our global economic problems. We will continue to monitor the financial market conditions and keep you abreast of further developments. 

If you still have further questions about your investments, please feel to contact your Financial Advisor.

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