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?
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.
The Federal Reserve has contended with deflationary pressures and a slower rate of potential economic growth, challenges that have made it difficult to hike interest rates. Higher inflation and stronger GDP growth should enable the US central bank to hike interest rates without damaging the economy or triggering a selloff in the stock market. The prospect of accelerating economic growth, higher interest rates and reduce regulation should give financial stocks a boost.
The US dollar continues to reign supreme in the global currency markets, resulting in tough sledding for American investors who own Canadian stocks. But bargains abound for patient investors who don’t mind collecting generous dividends while they wait for the market to settle and improve.
An influx of liquidity from Chinese investors, coupled with the central bank’s recent rate cuts, has propelled China’s equity markets to big gains. We book another solid profit on one of our previous picks, highlight our favorite Chinese stocks and identify two other Asian equity markets that should ride this liquidity wave higher.
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