January 14, 2019
BNY Mellon’s Lockwood issues Investment Insights for the first quarter, expects slowing, but steady economic growth
King of Prussia, Pa. — Markets have discounted a great deal of future slowdown driven by the many political and economic factors weighing on stocks over the past month, according to the Investment Insights issued today by BNY Mellon’s Lockwood Advisors, Inc. (Lockwood).
Since the fourth quarter, investors have not put much stock in economic forecasts, fundamentals and valuations, according to the report. Instead, they have largely been preoccupied with future developments, as technical and pessimistic sentiment has driven markets.
“Markets were rattled by politics in the fourth quarter, with concerns over global growth, central bank tightening, trade disputes, uncertainty around Brexit, and plummeting oil prices among the factors that weighed on investor sentiment,” said Matthew Forester, chief investment officer at BNY Mellon’s Lockwood Advisors and the author of the report.
“But the U.S. economy’s changing trajectory is not that different than that of turning a battleship. The economy may be decelerating a bit, but it’s still progressing at a solid clip and is generating positive momentum early in 2019. If markets can limit the damage to near-current levels, they could potentially surf the wave of worry higher this year.”
Highlights from the report include:
For more information on these trends, please visit www.lockwoodadvisors.com to view the full report and relevant disclosures.
This material is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute investment advice or an offer or solicitation to purchase, hold or sell any securities. The opinions expressed by Lockwood are as of January 2019, and may change as subsequent conditions vary. The information and opinions contained in this material are derived from proprietary and nonproprietary sources deemed by Lockwood to be reliable, but are not necessarily all inclusive. This material may contain forward-looking information that is not purely historical in nature. Such information may include, among other things, projections and forecasts. There is no guarantee that any forecasts made will come to pass. Reliance upon information in this material is at the sole discretion of the reader.
About BNY Mellon’s Lockwood Advisors, Inc.
Lockwood Advisors, Inc. is a leading provider of managed account solutions. As a program sponsor, Lockwood offers access to some of the industry’s leading investment managers, provides independent research on separate account managers, and develops advisory solutions to help investment professionals meet the diverse needs of their clients.
Lockwood also offers discretionary portfolio management solutions through financial institutions and independent registered investment advisers. Lockwood Advisors, Inc. is an investment adviser registered in the United States under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, an affiliate of Pershing LLC and a wholly owned subsidiary of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BNY Mellon).