Central banks are responding to slow growth with easier policy. Can economies ride the markets tailwind?
Global markets continue to prove resilient as they strike a fragile balance between mixed economic data and late-year economic optimism.
The challenge with any pothole is to cautiously navigate through it rather than swerve creating a bigger hazard. The opportunity is to get through it to a smoother ride on the other side.
The Control-Alt-Delete command on computer keyboards was invented by IBM as a way to reboot a computer when it freezes up. There is no simple button that can reset a market or portfolio when markets freeze up like they did in 2018.
In this abbreviated holiday version we briefly recap some of the key themes we discussed this year before setting our sights on the year ahead.
“Slow steaming” is a term used in the shipping industry when a ship slows its speed to conserve energy. To adjust its course, a ship can always rely on fuel reserves to reach its next port. Similarly, the Fed continues to conserve its energy by raising rates, while economic growth is strong, to prepare for the next economic slowdown when rate cuts may be required.