General Market Commentary as of March 31, 2019
After a dismal fourth quarter, the first quarter of 2019 got off to a fast start for both bonds and stocks.
Coming off its worst quarterly performance since 2011, the S&P 500 rebounded 13.1% in Q1 for its best quarterly performance in ten years. The rebound is being largely attributed to an oversold bounce, improving expectations for a trade deal with China, and maybe most importantly a dovish leaning by global central banks.
Be that as it may, a caution flag was raised in March as the yield curve inversion extended further out on the curve to the 3mo – 10yr spread for the first time since 2007 with the 10-year Treasury yields hitting 15-month lows (2.34%).
Fed Fund Futures are now pricing a 64% probability for a rate cut by December as opposed to previous expectations for a rate rise.
|Tot Return||3-MO*||12-MO*||3-Year*||5-Year*||Closing Value|
|Dow Jones Industrial Average||11.15%||7.57%||13.60%||9.52%||25,928.68|
Source: Morningstar. The S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and NASDAQ Composite are unmanaged indexes. It is not possible to invest in an index. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. * Price only. Does not include dividends.
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