Navigating a negative rate world
The Fed is facing pressure to push rates towards zero, while the ECB is doubling down on its negative rate policy.
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The Business Roundtable recently updated its view on the “Purpose of a Corporation” and the reactions were immediate. Is it the end of capitalism? Just lip service to support entrenched management teams? Our team analyzed the potential impact on business, industry analysis and corporate governance.
While the small-cap category recently has underperformed, we believe our process for identifying innovators among the universe of small-cap companies, particularly in the information technology and health care sectors, can create long-term investment opportunities.
August has been a highly volatile period for the financial markets. Reignited trade tensions and recent yield-curve inversions have spooked investors, culminating in a 3% drop in the S&P 500 Index on Aug. 14, its worst day of the year.
The Fed announced a much-anticipated one-quarter-percentage-point cut to the federal funds rate. Following the decision, Fed Chairman Powell's press conference commentary was perceived as unexpectedly hawkish. While the market had a 'buy the rumor, sell the news’ reaction, but we believe underlying fundamentals should support continued growth during the rest of 2019.
Economic fundamentals were solid at the start of the year. Could trade disruptions put the economic expansion at risk in the second half of 2019?
While trade tension and government investigations may create unknowns, the secular drivers of technology and health care are diverse and growing. We believe we are at a unique crossroads as innovation in science and technology converge at an unprecedented pace, which is creating new investable opportunities.
We have shifted the portfolio slightly more defensive, while maintaining exposure to areas we believe should participate in market upside.
Fear of recession has depressed valuations of many economically sensitive businesses. Contrary to popular belief, this may be an opportune time to invest.
The risks of a prolonged U.S.-China trade standoff have increased, but we believe long-term fundamentals in emerging markets will offer opportunities.