Market Sentiment vs Fundamentals

Above-average GDP growth, a robust job market, and double-digit earnings growth are some of the fundamentals that indicate current economic conditions are still fairly strong. However, the biggest threat to the economy is arguably investor confidence itself.

We all know investing isn’t about the day-to-day swings of the market – it’s about long-term performance. Of course that doesn’t stop us from compulsively checking our news feeds throughout the day for the latest headlines.

With all the recent volatility, the belief that the market is in a tailspin and it’s time to pull out is widespread. Financial Times reports that investor expectations are softening not just in the U.S., but also internationally. However, the belief that the stock market is no longer bearing any fruit just isn’t justified.

To prove that’s the case, we take a look at how the stock market and the economy as a whole are actually fairing. In this latest report from the Buffalo Funds, we discuss:

  • Setting sentiments aside and focusing on the fundamentals
  • Looking for the bright spots in the market
  • Be cautious of passive strategies during market volatility
  • Don’t be afraid to go against the herd

“If the underlying fundamentals of the companies in a fund’s portfolio are solid, there’s no reason to back out of a good fund.”

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