This year’s story has been the strength of global stock markets. Equities have moved higher based on better than expected fundamentals including synchronized growth across most economies. Other factors—such as central banks, North Korea, hurricanes, and politics—have not been enough to disrupt an economic environment that could easily be characterized as “good but not great.” The strength of equities outside the U.S. is not surprising given the more attractive valuations in foreign markets. Other themes this year include the strength of high yield bonds, non-U.S. REITs, and gold.
On November 2, 2017, Daintree’s President and COO, Eric Godes, along with Partner and Senior Client Advisor, Barbara C. Attardo, were featured speakers at the New England Wealth & Retirement Conference held at Gillette Stadium. Barbara spoke on a panel entitled “Well-thy” women addressing the industry’s need for more qualified women advisors and how crucial it is for all advisors to understand the female investor and how best to help them navigate the wealth management and financial planning landscape. Eric spoke on a panel to educate advisors on how to build a thriving practice. Clearly not all firms are created equal, and by following best practices and always keeping the client’s best interests first and foremost, you can both build a thriving practice and ensure clients are well served while receiving prudent and personalized advice.
Mary M. Shahian, Partner and Senior Client Advisor at Daintree Advisors, published an article on charitable gift annuities in the Harvard Medical School Newsletter. See Mary’s full bio on Daintree’s website.
“Steady as she goes” is a common nautical phrase used when maintaining current course. The command says nothing about a ship’s current surroundings; it can be issued in the calmest of seas or in the most brutal of storms. While the command means to maintain the status quo, it does not mean to drop guard and settle into careless complacency. Vigilance is always paramount while at the helm, as identifying hazardous developments is of the utmost importance. Foresight is equally crucial, as a prompt, and more importantly, proper response to any perilous changes could mean the difference between foundering and continuing forward.
Since the election, a tightly wound balance between investor hope and fear has driven markets. Market valuations are influenced by a combination of fundamentals and investor sentiment. When emotions overshoot fundamentals, that’s when opportunity, or risk, can emerge. The first quarter opened with post-election momentum continuing to propel US markets to new highs, but the pace tempered late in the quarter with the realization that implementing President Trump’s pro-growth agenda would face potentially significant obstacles. The release of less-robust-than-expected economic data compounded this slowdown. Nonetheless, positive investor sentiment, the so-called “soft data,” continued to buoy the market overall.