Wells Fargo Investment Institute (WFII) today released its “2019 Midyear Outlook Eyes Forward: Opportunities and Challenges.” The report makes the case that the current 10-year economic expansion is not over and that all avenues for investors to consider will require careful assessment.
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2019 WFII Forecasts (Graphic: Business Wire)
“The theme we adopted at the beginning of 2019, ‘the end of easy,’ still resonates,” said Darrell Cronk, president of WFII and chief investment officer of Wealth and Investment Management at Wells Fargo. “The first half of 2019 has delivered exceptionally strong capital market returns across most major asset classes. However, there are risks for investors to keep an eye on such as a meaningful yield-curve inversion, continued volatility in equity markets, and heightened geopolitical tensions.”
Paul Christopher, head of global market strategy for WFII, said, “Since early 2018, investor concerns have focused mostly on political uncertainties, and we view these as the main economic risk. Whether we are looking at Brexit or drawn-out trade negotiations, these geopolitical elements can deepen pressure on business confidence here in the U.S.”
To help investors maintain a forward focus, “they should consider rebalancing their portfolios to increase diversification and exposure toward areas of economic growth and where valuations remain attractive,” added Christopher.
The report outlines five strategies for investors to consider in the second half of 2019:
About Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,700 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 33 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 262,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortune’s 2019 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.
About Wells Fargo Investment Institute
Wells Fargo Investment Institute (WFII) is a registered investment adviser and wholly owned subsidiary of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., a bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company, providing investment research, strategy, manager research and thought leadership within the Wealth and Investment Management division (WIM), with the goal of supplying world class advice to the company’s financial and wealth advisers.
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