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For the second week in three, investors were net sellers of fund assets (including those of conventional funds and ETFs), withdrawing $9.6 billion. However, the headline numbers were a little misleading. Fund investors were net redeemers of money market funds, withdrawing $22.3 billion, but were net purchasers of long-term assets, padding the coffers of equity funds (+$9.1 billion), taxable bond funds (+$2.
For the global stock market, 2017 was a banner year, having added $9 trillion in value thanks to booming economic growth in developed countries, strong corporate earnings, and central banks' go-slow approach to ease financial support. Notably, MSCI All-World Index gained nearly 22% last year (read: Top & Flop Zones of 2017 and Their ETFs). Trump’s tax overhaul and a spending spree bolstered the optimism in the world’s largest economy while China, the world’s second-largest economy, is holding up well. (33-1)
For the second week in three investors were net purchasers of fund assets (including those of conventional funds and ETFs), injecting $6.9 billion. Investors padded the coffers of taxable bond funds (+$3.5 billion), equity funds (+$2.9 billion), money market funds (+$464 million), and municipal bond funds (+$44 million). They remained cautiously optimistic ahead of Q3 2017 earnings season after Congress passed a budget resolution early in the fund-flows week-which many viewed as a precursor to tax-reform legislation. (41-0)
Our forecast return for defensive U.S. large-cap stocks is nearly at parity with our forecast for cyclical U.S. large-cap equity for the first time since early 2014.
The third quarter was a solid one for global stock markets with upbeat economic data pointing to financial well-being. It was eventful with Brexit negotiations, the central banks signaling the end of cheap money era, solid earnings reports, intensifying tensions between the United States and North Korea, Hurricane Harvey, Trump’s tax reform talks and the victory of German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the fourth term (read: Top & Flop Zones of Q3 and Their ETFs). (7-0)
Fixed income holdings have been shifted slightly toward riskier assets at the short end of the yield curve.
Our optimal portfolio for an investor with average risk tolerance includes a 59% allocation to equity, up 2 points m/m.
Thomson Reuters Lipper's fund macro groups (including both mutual funds and ETFs) took in $3.1 billion of net new money for the fund-flows week ended Wednesday, July 12. It was the first week in five that funds overall experienced positive net flows; equity funds (+$3.5 billion) paced the net inflows, while taxable bond funds contributed $949 million to the total. On the negative side of the ledger, money market funds and municipal bond funds saw $1.
The Russell 2000 Index and the Dow Jones Transportation Average notched record closes toward the end of Thomson Reuters Lipper's fund-flows week ended July 5, 2017. Investors initially appeared to shrug off declines in the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which logged their largest one-day selloffs since mid-May as technology issues continued to take it on the chin. Investors appeared to embrace news of better-than-expected economic data and strengthening near-month crude oil prices during the fund-flows week.
The second quarter of Q2 was an eventful one and did not spare even the President of the United States from allegations related to his Russia links. A Fed rate hike, extension of the OPEC output cut deal and election in Europe were the other notable occurrences. Overall, global markets were steady in this time frame barring occasional hiccups (read: Trump Slump to Oil Slide: Top ETF Stories of First-Half 2017).
The global stock market has hit multiple highs on several occasions this year, but the real encouragement has come from international investing. This is because a pickup in economic activity in many parts of the world, jump in commodity prices, robust corporate earnings and improving global sentiments are instilling confidence in international markets. Additionally, the Trump upheaval and spate of weak U.
The estimated 130 bp return premium offered by foreign-developed cyclical equity over U.S. cyclical equity is above the average of 90 bp over the past five years.
The month of May turned out to be eventful includingallegations against the U.S. President Trump related to his Russia links, political turmoil in Brazil, a global cyber-attack, extension of the OPEC output cut deal and France election (read: Best ETF Strategies for Trump Uncertainty).
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The month of April was mixed with earnings showing promise but subdued economic reading and a political gridlock coming in the way of Wall Street’s rally. However, the global market (especially Europe) seemed to be relatively steady on the much-wanted outcome of some key elections and referendums (read: 5 European ETFs Soaring on French Election Results).
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