You probably saw the title of this article and assumed I was talking about the bull market, and that may be the case too, but it’s actually in reference to my weekly market analysis provided through Sigma Point Capital. Today will be the last article that goes out, at least for a while. I’m sure this comes as a big surprise, and you probably have many questions, so please allow me to explain.
Article Category: Primary Trend
As you’ve noticed, the website is back up and running. My apologies for last week’s delay, our SSL certificate had expired and getting it renewed turned out to be a bit more complicated than expected. We’re all set now, so let’s dive right in and get caught up on the latest market action.
As earnings season chugs along it’s starting to look like analysts may have tempered their expectations a bit too much during the 4th quarter, which is typical. As you can see in the chart below, actual earnings (blue bars) have a steady habit of coming in above estimates (gray bars).
I want to begin today with a look at ACWI - the All-Country World Index ETF, which you can see in the top panel below. This ETF tracks the MSCI benchmark and provides exposure to large and mid-cap companies across 23 developed markets and 24 emerging markets. Approximately 85% of investable global equities are included in this index.
Over the last few months we’ve talked a lot about the idea that it is global growth, as opposed to domestic growth, that is presenting the biggest challenges for financial markets. Unfortunately, that message remains relatively unchanged, and is creating a mixed picture for investors.
Let’s begin with a look at economic conditions abroad, and then we’ll circle back to some the not-so-bad developments here in the States.