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Looking back at the second quarter, market sentiment was positive until May 22.
The first quarter of 2013 has seen a year’s worth of returns in the first quarter. Are we headed for more record territory, or will headwinds blow us back? While my crystal ball can accurately predict the past, there is much economic data to review.
Global economic news was mostly soft this week. SEI continues
to expect modest growth in North America, despite ongoing
political and economic uncertainties, as challenges in Europe will
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The Global Portfolio Strategies Group recently released its second-quarter 2012 economic outlook. A summary of its conclusions is provided below
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By: SEI Investment Management Unit
Investor confidence received a boost from continued central bank support in the U.S. and eurozone.
Equity markets gained, with risky assets among the strongest performers.
Bond market performance was held back by waning demand for government debt.
Equities rallied throughout the quarter, outperforming global bonds. Investor sentiment was generally positive and market volatility remained calm. Consequently, assets that are perceived to be riskier were favored. Measures by the European Central Bank (ECB) to support the banking system and progress toward resolving Greece‘s sovereign debt troubles fueled a hopeful outlook.
Inflation is becoming a growing concern for investors. In the U.S. the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has fluctuated in a wide range over the past decade, and currently is running at a rate of 2.3%, slightly above the announced inflation target of the Federal Reserve. The consensus view of economists calls for a rapid moderation in headline CPI inflation. In SEI’s opinion, this forecast is optimistic.
Equity markets around the world have recorded a price gain of close to 20% over the past six months, and the S&P 500 has advanced more than 28% from its closing low on October 3.
There is no denying that the past year was a trying one for investors. Global equity markets were mostly lower. Global bond markets saw extreme volatility, with the debt of a few select countries (the U.S., Germany, the U.K. and Canada, to mention the most important ones) registering the only healthy returns in an investment environment that swung from risk-on to risk-off with unnerving frequency and ferocity.
There is, however, no rest for the weary. Global financial markets remain fragile and subject to sharp moves based on the latest headlines. With Europe on the cusp of recession, China laboring through the downside of a property bubble, and the U.S. heading towards its most important election cycle in decades, there will be no quick end to the uncertainty that has made investing a difficult enterprise.
As government debt problems intensify in the European Monetary Union (EMU), financial firms outside of Europe have come under increasing pressure.
MF Global, a small U.S.-based broker-dealer, recently declared bankruptcy due to its exposure to EMU government debt; another, Jefferies, has come under intense investor scrutiny. These episodes illustrate the powerful effects that fear and uncertainty can have on investor behavior and market volatility.
The larger issue is not individual firms, but the risk of contagion from Europe to the global financial system and world economy.
The European financial crisis is top of the news every day now with bailouts being structured and governments re-arranging their deck chairs in Greece and Italy. SEI’s Investment Management Unit has authored a commentary worth reading
The link below will bring you to a short 7 minute presentation (prepared courtesy of SEI Investments) to advise you on our current thinking about the economic recovery so far in 2011 and some of our reasons for optimism and reasons for caution. In any case please remember that we have built your portfolio for a time like this.
The volatility of August certainly made riding a roller coaster seem mild. The best way to deal with wild fluctuations is to keep an eye on long term goals and current cash flow needs. As your Financial Advisor, we keep a constant eye on your portfolio and structure it to give the best possible chance of realizing those goals. But, if your goals change, your allocation may need to be changed, so stay in touch!
Despite the recent volatility, our view of the markets remains intact. Strategically, the U.S. economy appears to have entered a soft patch from which it is likely to emerge without entering recession. Equity valuations appear attractive to us, and we believe Treasury prices are rich. Unfortunately, markets continue to react in an irrational fashion, and we expect them to continue to do so until the European debt situation is resolved, the U.S. debt ceiling is permanently addressed and the 2012 elections have come and gone.
During periods of turbulence and uncertainty, it’s common to look at prior crises as benchmarks against which current conditions can be assessed, and there’s certainly no shortage of historic episodes that investors can look to for perspective. Economic and financial crises have been a regular feature of monetary economies throughout history. While no two have been exactly alike—they vary widely in size, scope, causes and length—they do tend to share some common characteristics.