“Industry Perspectives” 4Q 2017

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Read our view on the economy and key drivers of change in the global equity markets.

Date Published:
January 2018

Pages:
3

Contributors:
Clay Brethour, President

OVERVIEW:
Investors throughout the world had much to cheer this past New Year’s celebration, as positive returns were experienced by investors throughout all markets. Stocks in the U.S. had their best year since 2013 as the S&P 500 Index returned 21.8% with December marking 14 consecutive months of positive returns, a feat not achieved since 1970. Strong performance was not confined to the U.S. as most of the major global equity markets posted double-digit returns as well.

In this latest Industry Perspectives, we discuss:

  • The rare “synchronized global growth” tailwind continues into 2018.
  • More of the world’s central banks may start to unwind the extreme stimulus measures that have been in place for nearly the past decade.
  • The passive vs. active management debate will continue, fueled by an increase in “robo advisors”.

The S&P 500 is a free-float, capitalization-weighted index published since 1957 of the prices of 500 large-cap common stocks actively traded in the United States. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

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