A Month In Brief
The Federal Reserve altered its outlook on interest rates in March, and the stock and bond markets certainly took notice. Both the Fed and the European Central Bank communicated that they saw economic growth moderating. Even so, the S&P 500 managed to advance 1.79% for the month. Trade talks continued between the U.S. and China, but without much in the way of real developments. New reports revealed a sudden slowdown in hiring and only mild inflation. Existing home sales accelerated, crude oil gained value, and the Brexit saga took yet another turn.1
Street’s collective eye is focused not only on the upcoming earnings season,
but also on domestic and global growth. Dovish notes sounded by the Fed and the
ECB and declining bond yields are signaling reduced expectations of economic
vitality. Perceptions of the market and the economy may be shifting as a
consequence and impacting bullish sentiment. All of this may pose a significant
challenge for the stock market this month, and earnings results may or may not
have the power to alter such perceptions. This is a good time to remember that
markets go through cycles, and over the long term, you will experience many of
them as an investor. There will always be ups and downs; your investment
approach takes them into account, plus your time horizon. Whether April turns
out to be spectacular, disappointing, or somewhere in between, your long-run
objectives should remain your focus.
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1 - barchart.com/stocks/indices?viewName=performance [3/29/19]