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Asset class views: our 12- to 18-month outlook
U.S. equity: shifting up in quality
As fundamentals lose momentum worldwide, the U.S. market remains a relative bright spot.
As late-cycle dynamics play out in markets across the globe, we’re inclined to favor U.S. equity’s relatively lower beta and higher-quality profile.
International equity: opportunities continue to narrow
Despite a rebound in stock prices, fundamentals are deteriorating.
We shifted toward a slightly bearish weighting in international equities within a globally diversified portfolio. We currently see a greater concentration of higher-quality businesses in the United States.
Fixed income: emphasizing core bonds
Investment-grade corporate and government bonds may outpace lower-rated issues this late in the credit cycle.
Within the asset class, we now favor duration over credit risk. We believe investment-grade corporates still offer upside.
Key macro themes from our asset management network
Economic growth slowing
The U.S. economy has continued to expand modestly, but economic growth rates have decelerated across the globe.
Corporate earnings softening
Fundamentals have deteriorated, and earnings growth may have peaked following U.S. fiscal stimulus measures.
Monetary policy transitioning
The U.S. Federal Reserve has joined other central banks globally in adopting a dovish approach.
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