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Asset class views: Our 12- to 18-month outlook
U.S. equity: solid fundamentals
Underlying fundamentals remain supportive, despite recent market volatility.
Recent volatility may take more time to play out as the market adjusts to higher yields, protectionist rhetoric, and continued political turmoil. However, we believe fundamentals will eventually prevail and move U.S. equities higher over the next 12 to 18 months.
International equity: opportunities narrow
Economic growth has slowed outside the United States, reflected in recent declines across Asian and European equity markets.
We hold a neutral weighting in international equities within a global diversified portfolio. Among international equities, we favor a smaller-cap bias.
Fixed income: select opportunities
A nimble approach may be warranted to pursue income opportunities outside of low-yielding government sectors.
Our fixed-income view stems from the bearish outlook of a number of managers in our network; some have reduced duration. We believe investment-grade corporates and emerging-market debt still offer upside.
Key macro themes from our asset management network
Corporate fundamentals supportive
A solid earnings backdrop continues to support equity markets, particularly in the United States, where fiscal stimulus is driving earnings estimates higher.
Global growth moderates
Economic growth remains strong in the United States but has shifted down a gear overseas as certain negative factors plaguing non-U.S. markets take a stronger hold.
Monetary policy normalizing
The U.S. Federal Reserve is expected to raise rates two more times in 2018, and the European Central Bank is likely to end quantitative easing before year end.
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