Q3-2018 Global Markets Review and Outlook

  • Growing Investor Confidence: Investor optimism typically increases as a bull market matures. Recent correction angst notwithstanding, US sentiment has improved but is not yet euphoric. Meanwhile, growing optimism in the US remains unmatched by European investors.
  • Strong Economic Drivers: In both developed and emerging markets, economic drivers remain strong. We believe these fundamentals will come to the forefront as sentiment improves.
  • Global Political Gridlock: In much of the developed world political gridlock persists decreasing the likelihood sweeping legislation potentially hurting equities passes. With US midterms in Q4 the president’s party typically loses power increasing gridlock. US equities have risen in 87% of midterm year Q4s—and each of the two subsequent quarters.

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