Expectations for U.S. growth continue to slow as distractions in Washington D.C. take away from the aggressive legislative agenda.
No one said that the flight path to higher returns would be easy. With the increase in uncorrelated asset returns, there are many different sets of positive returns out in the market right now. You just need to set the right flight path to snatch some of those better return streams.
As the VIX flirts with single digits, the S&P 500 has been flopping around like a live fish on deck. But for U.S. investors in foreign equities, the music continues to play as cheaper valuations overseas and a weaker U.S. dollar pushed fund flows into other geographies.
While there was plenty of ink spilled and electrons fired regarding the White House tax reform proposal last week, it could be a very long time before anything actually gets voted on. And who knows if it will even be passed.
The French President semi-finals were over the weekend and the vote went about as positive as they could have for the markets. While LePen won the first round, it is unlikely that she will be able to gather enough support to upset Macron in the final tour.
While the world's superpowers reposition their military strength toward the borders of North Korea, the financial markets look to be following closely in their wake and reordering their asset weighting toward one of less risk.
If you thought surprise air strikes in Syria, a "nuclear option" in the U.S. Senate, and Fed talk of shrinking the U.S. balance sheet in 2017 would be enough to get a 1% move in the market, then you were wrong.
While the equity markets finished with a strong quarterly gain, it was the underlying rotation which left your portfolio spinning. The markets returned to their pre-election tone as growth stocks were bought and value stocks were sold. This trend is likely to continue until the market gains some certainty on future tax reform and infrastructure spend.
I know that I am not the only one feeling it. You can see the increasing risk in the markets and uglier action on the tape. Credit is seeing selling even as recession fears are distant. Bank stocks are rolling over even with the Fed raising interest rates.
How is your bracket doing? Before the ACA Repeal and Replace plan hit the court last week, it already looked like its odds of passage were longer than Mount St. Mary's chance to win the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament on April 3rd.