2nd Quarter Recap
by Derek Felske, Chief Investment Officer | Annex Wealth Management
U.S. Growth Rebounds In Second Quarter
Solid Absolute Returns
During the second quarter of 2017, the vast majority of global financial markets again posted solid absolute returns. In fact, large cap US stocks have now advanced for seven consecutive quarters. International stocks, which have lagged domestic issues since the global financial crises, posted even better returns.
We remain attracted to select international equity markets due to their attractive relative valuations, higher dividend yields, strong growth prospects, and favorable demographics.
As we enter the third quarter, we‘re encouraged that Wall Street second quarter earnings estimates anticipate solid growth, particularly for large cap multinationals and energy companies. This is significant because we’ll need to see earnings growth materialize for U.S. stocks to move higher from current levels.
Despite the positive fundamental backdrop, there are risks in the financial markets that we continue to monitor, including a surge in inflation that causes the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates faster than market participants expect, a trade war, the potential for conflict in Syria and/or North Korea, and delays to the administration’s pro-growth policies.
Our Investment Committee continues to believe a balanced portfolio is the most prudent course with an eye towards managing risk, taking advantage of valuation disparities, monitoring the geo-political environment and focusing on fundamentals.
We‘d like to thank our loyal clients who have recently referred friends and family to us. It‘s a great honor and the highest compliment. We always enjoy meeting friendly and successful people, and referrals remain a critical source of growth.
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