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Global Investment Outlook and Strategy

October 8, 2019

Following better-than-expected first quarter 2019 results, U.S. real GDP growth of +2.0 percent in the second quarter once again surprised to the upside. However, measures of trade and economic policy uncertainty have both spiked since the May 2019 breakdown in U.S.-China trade talks, which, in combination with the global industrial downturn, is taking a toll on U.S. business confidence and capital investment. With business investment under pressure and fiscal stimulus expected to ebb in 2020, the growth of the economy is increasingly reliant on consumer spending. Appreciation of the S&P 500 Index year to date has been driven almost entirely by price-to-earnings multiple expansion, as earnings are projected to increase +2.1 percent against a difficult year-over-year comparison. Global monetary easing should sustain equity valuations through lower interest rates and higher liquidity. Regardless of sector, growth stocks with attractive dividend yields remain appealing as investors increasingly seek out stocks to generate income given the plunge in interest rates and Fed accommodation. This quarter’s special topic is health care, which has emerged as perhaps the single most important battleground issue in the upcoming U.S. presidential election. Despite favorable demographic underpinnings for U.S. health care demand, unprecedented uncertainty over the future of the American health care system presents challenges for near-term investment prospects.

For more details, including a longer discussion of health care stocks, please see the complete Sit Investment Associates’ October 2019 Global Investment Outlook and Strategy paper. Click here: Global Outlook and Strategy (Adobe Acrobat).

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