Via Morgan Stanley:
Don’t Blame the Fed or Trade – It’s the Fundamentals
Rarely has the adage “Don’t fight the Fed” been more apropos than over the past 18 months. In 2018, the Federal Reserve’s aggressive tightening contributed to a bear market for most stocks, while this year’s equally aggressive dovish pivot has resulted in a new bull market for some. Since our call 18 months ago for a multi-year consolidation in global equities, the average global stock and index is flat to down 10%, while the leading S&P 500 Index is now barely up with a lot of intermittent ups and downs. In short, thanks to the Fed’s policy shift, we’ve seen a consolidation that leaves us at the high end of our expected range.
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