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.
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.
This year will be a good year US equity investors, but only if you take an active approach. In that vein, we’re booking profits on one portfolio member and cutting another to hold–protecting profits as sentiment and growth shifts.
The big story for energy markets in the first half of 2017 will be a stronger-than-expected surge in US shale oil production that keeps the lid on global oil prices. To take advantage, we’re adding a midstream processing and pipeline company to the portfolio.
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