Modern global capital markets are incalculably complex. However, we must still attempt to navigate them in order to achieve good financial outcomes. Virtus offers perspective on understanding markets more clearly.
Brief and colorful insights focused on major market trends.
We’ve recently experienced a market in which the rising tide of global central bank easing has lifted virtually all boats. With everything going up regardless of price or quality, has diversification through active management lost its sheen? The rolling returns for the S&P 500® Index provide a crystal-clear illustration of the reality of market cycles.
2018 marked the first down year for the U.S. equity market since 2008. The 2009-2017 stretch ties as the longest annual winning streak in market history. Until the fourth quarter, markets were buoyant, but political instability at home and abroad, rising interest rates, and a potential growth slowdown rattled global markets. Other than cash, all asset classes ranged between flat and down.
Nearly a decade into the post-2008 crisis era, this bull market has featured not just sizable returns and relatively little volatility, but strong leadership from a group of powerful, headline-grabbing companies: the “FAANG” stocks (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google). Diversified portfolios can own these stock market darlings, but are not structured to keep pace with them.