Investment Outlook


Economic Outlook Highlights

September 2018     |  Economic and Financial Outlook Highlights   (PDF/New Window)
September 2018    |  Economic and Financial Outlook Highlights  (PDF/New Window) September 2018 | Economic and Financial Outlook Highlights
Weakening housing and foreign trade are in the vanguard of a shift to more moderate 2.5%–3.5% growth, reinforced in the coming months by a wind-down of fiscal stimulus, rising oil costs, plus trade protectionism’s dampening effect on the growth of world trade and U.S. exports.
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Briefings and Commentaries

December 7, 2018 – Market Comment (PDF/New Window)
December 7, 2018 | Market Comment (PDF/New Window) December 7, 2018 | Market Comment
Requiem for a bull market? A roller-coaster week for the stock market left the S&P 500 Index within a hair of its November 23 low. The worst December start in a decade risks upending what historically has been the market’s second-best month of the year, a reminder of the limits to seasonal strengths. Monday’s short-lived trade-truce rally gave way to a host of concerns over trade and Federal Reserve (Fed) policy and geopolitical concerns atop uncertainties over the outlook for economic growth, inflation, and interest rates. The broad, deep sell-off extended across 9 of the 11 S&P 500 sectors and 115 of the benchmark’s 126 constituent industry groups in volatile trading lifting the VIX fear gauge above its long-term average most of the week. Yield-sensitive utilities and real estate bucked the sell-off, supported by a bond rally sending the yield on competing 10-year notes to a late-August low of less than 2.85%. Bottom-dwelling financial services were hurt by those same declines, threatening banks’ net interest margins and profitability. Close behind were trade-sensitive industrials, materials producers, and technology, hurt by the worrisome aftermath of last week’s trade truce with China.
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Gary Schlossberg

Senior Economist

Gary SchlossbergAs senior economist, Gary Schlossberg is responsible for assessing the economic environment and providing input to the equity and fixed-income portfolio management teams at Wells Capital Management.

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