Summary: Stocks Take a Breather in 3rd Quarter

by: Smith and Howard Wealth Management

After two very strong quarters for stocks to start the year, stocks took a breather during the 3rd quarter while bonds continued to power higher. Both markets were driven in large part by the ongoing U.S. / China trade discussions. Concerns related to those discussions held stocks back but were a boost to bonds as already low bond yields moved even lower. Overall the 3rd quarter may have lacked some of the excitement and positive returns of the prior two quarters, but most investors still experienced an increase to their bottom line.

With U.S. markets near all-time highs and an economic expansion that is now the longest in U.S. history, it is easy to get caught up in the increasingly loud discussion of whether we’ve “seen the top”. As interesting as those debates may be, we believe an investor’s time is better spent focusing on valuations and understanding what they tell us about future returns. Pockets of opportunity still exist, but overall the current valuation landscape indicates long-term returns are likely to fall short of historical averages for most major market segments. That overall view drives our allocation approach as we look to capitalize on those remaining pockets of opportunity and avoid taking risks for which we are not likely to be adequately compensated.

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Explore more information on the third quarter of 2019 by visiting these links:

Market Recap: Third Quarter 2019

Market Outlook: Third Quarter 2019

On the Horizon: Third Quarter 2019

A Deeper Dive: Third Quarter 2019

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