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Hear from Chief Investment Officer Jesse Mackey in this week's Market Perspective.
I’m Jesse Mackey, CIO of 4Thought Financial Group, and this is 4Thought’s Weekly Market Perspective for the week of August 25th, 2020.
The S&P 500 Index of US large cap stocks attained a new record price last week on August 18th, and has since continued to surpass the final record level achieved by the prior Bull Market on February 19th, 2020. The rapid recovery from the 2020 Bear Market low point on March 23rd (at which point the S&P 500 had dropped more than 34% from its peak) now officially meets our technical definition of a newly confirmed Bull Market.
Historical data indicates that once a new Bull Market has been confirmed, the shortest time period on record (since 1950) before the beginning of another Bear Market was approximately 4.4 months, and the longest time on record was approximately 10.7 years, with the average coming in at about 3.2 years. From a probabilistic analysis perspective, stock types range from near fair value (such as with mid cap stocks) to significantly overvalued (in the case of large cap growth stocks). Bond types range from near fair value (in the case of emerging markets bonds) to slightly overvalued (in the case of Treasury Inflation Protected Securities). Against this backdrop the outlook for stocks is now neutral in the intermediate term based on the overall aggregate of our historical market-type data analysis and quantitative probabilistic analysis.
Treasury Inflation Protected Securities are the best performers so far in 2020, while US small cap stocks show the worst year-to-date performance. Emerging markets bonds now reflect the most attractive pricing relative to the alternatives, while US large cap growth and tech stocks are by far the least attractive. With regards to allocations amongst investment methods, we are now allowing overweight allocations to Liability-Driven Investing, neutral allocations to Strategic Asset Allocation, and underweights to Selective/Concentrated Investing, and Opportunistic Investing.
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