The final five Lifelong Income Portfolio members released their numbers, allowing us to gauge their health and dividend stability. Given the difficulty of revenue growth for many companies, it’s more important than ever to examine how costs and operations are being managed.
Incoming data reinforce our take that the US economy has strengthened. But technical warning signs and policy concerns mean investors who invest in specific stocks and not the broader market have a better chance of outperforming.
Results from the recent Dutch elections removed one engine of political uncertainty in the eurozone. Will this year's remaining European electoral calendar echo this outcome and release an economy ready to accelerate?
China is the stock market investors love to hate. The conversations are always about what could go wrong in China and rarely about what will go right. And yet Chinese equities outperformed other emerging markets during the past one-, three- and five-year periods.
The implications of the US economy moving into a period of stronger growth, faster inflation and rising rates shouldn’t be overlooked. And neither should the newest addition to the portfolio, an addition whose business goes from headwind to tailwind in this new environment.
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