Summary: Tough Comparisons in 2019

2019 is shaping up to be a more challenging year for investors than 2018:

  • S&P 500 earnings growth is forecast to be cut in half.
  • U.S. interest rates are expected to move higher.
  • Global GDP growth is forecast to slow.
  • The volume of U.S. imports from China subject to tariffs (and vice versa) will be higher on a year‑to‑year basis, even if no new tariffs are put in place.

Overall, U.S. equities will likely post a single-digit gain in 2019, while bond prices will likely continue to move lower, although more bearish scenarios for both asset classes cannot be ruled out.

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Contents:

Asset Allocation: Strategic Outlook …p.2

Equity Outlook …p. 6

Fixed Income Outlook … p. 9

Alternatives/Commodities Outlook … p. 12

Tactical Asset Allocation…p.14

Market and Global Sector Performance…p. 15

Key Economic Indicators…17