About Global Market Outlook Reports
Our CIO, Tina Byles Williams, publishes our market outlook on a quarterly basis, based on research that examines market conditions over a three- to six-month period. These quarterly analyses serve as key inputs to our fund construction process, which incorporates strategic tilts to the market segments we believe will outperform over a six- to 12-month time frame. For global equity portfolios, these tilts incorporate regional, sector, and capitalization strata as well as investment process and style factors. For U.S. equity portfolios, tilts include sector, capitalization strata, investment process, and/or style factors.
Our objective is to construct a portfolio of “best in class” investments with weightings consistent with our overall investment strategy.
FIS Group Global Market Outlook Reports
S&P 500 Catholic Values Strategy
S&P 500 Catholic Values Strategy Q1 2022 | March 31, 2022Annualized Returns (%) QTDYTD1 Year3 Years5 Years 7 Years10 YearsSince Inception1 Gross of fees-------3.28 Net of fees-------3.27 Benchmark2-------3.71 1 Inception Date: February 28, 2022 2 Benchmark: S&P 500...
2020 Outlook for Emerging and Frontier Markets
While the U.S. continued its decade-long run, surging ahead another +31% in 2019 to lead all major developed markets (except Switzerland, +32.5%), three emerging markets did even better last year. Taiwan gained +36% as investors reevaluated the “moat” of its market champion, …
MARKET OUTLOOK Q1 2020: Saved by Jerome: A Second Wind for the Late Cycle Rally
During the second half of 2019, the late cycle bull market for financial risk assets sprinted to the finish line despite lackluster global growth. Global markets ended the year on a bullish note, with the U.S. S&P 500 climbing to another record close.
Q4 2019 Market Outlook
In the third quarter, both of the leading anglo-liberal democracies lurched towards the political abyss and even potential constitutional crises, while global growth continued to decelerate on the back of trade policy …
Q3 Market Outlook: A Late 2019 Performance Pivot to Non-US Markets?
Despite a rocky mid-point, precipitated by the infamous "tweet heard around the world" on May 5th, when President Trump once again pivoted to a more bellicose stance in the trade war with China, global equities eked out a solid gain of 3.6% during 02. Coincidentally,...
MARKET OUTLOOK Q2 2019 – Late Cycle Rally on Borrowed Time
Although global growth declined in Q1, as anticipated in our Q1 2019 Outlook, risk assets continued their December 2018 romp as a result of an apparent de-escalation of U.S.-Sino trade tensions and a decidedly dovish pivot by G10 Central banks (See Table One). Some US...
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COVID-19 Is a Stress Test Exposing Structural Hurdles in Both Our Financial System and Society
We are in strange and scary times. We are at war with a virus which is all the more deadly in that it cannot be easily discerned but it is metastasizing geometrically. Moreover, COVID-19 and the measures required to contain…
The Sweet Spot in the US Equity Markets – Part 3
In the last post in this series, we update and expand on our analysis to explore the impact of rising and falling interest rates on the performance of various capitalization tranches. Finally, we now look at the performance of the “Sweet Spot” in different interest rate regimes.
Will U.S. Equities Continue to Trounce Non-U.S. Equities?
For global equity investors, the decade ending on December 31, 2019 was undoubtedly the American decade. The performance of U.S. equities more than doubled and in many cases tripled other countries and regions such as emerging markets…
Microbes, Markets, and the Dragon
The coronavirus outbreak in China, named COVID-19 by WHO, is understandably dominating news coverage and depressing Chinese risk plays. Since 12/9/2019 when the first coronavirus case was announced from the City of Wuhan, confirmed cases have risen rapidly to over 40,000 as of this report.
The Sweet Spot in the US Equity Markets – Part 2
In our previous post, we sought to identify and quantify the investment opportunity or edge within various market capitalization segments. We found that the top 1000 names in the Russell 2500 benchmark constitute a sweet spot across the entire Russell 3000.
Impacts of a Rejuvenating Workforce
As the secular bull market in long term treasury bonds approaches its 40th year, the consensus around falling interest rates has morphed from a shared opinion to an accepted reality. Reputations and fortunes have been made and lost by adherents and skeptics respectively.
Videos And Webinars
Market Outlook and Research Webinars
Video | 2019 Q4 Market Outlook
Video and Webinar | Outlook
Video | 2018 Q1 Market Outlook
Video and Webinar | Outlook
Video | Reality “Trumps” the Reflation Trade
Video and Webinar | Outlook Our Q2 Market Outlook evaluates the recent retreat in risk assets, trends in global equities, the impact of a strong U.S. dollar, and continued political uncertainty under the Trump Administration. Key points include: Policy expectations...
Video | Big Winners in the Neglected Frontier Universe
Video And Webinar | Outlook Our 2017 outlook for frontier markets, "Big Winners in the Neglected Frontier Universe", concludes that frontier markets remain attractively priced, with much lower valuations, relative to developed markets. "We remain bullish on Argentina,...
Market Insights Roundtable – 4th Quarter 2016-20161021 1800-1
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Duration: 57 minutes
FIS Group 2Q 2016 Market Outlook Webinar-20160428 1759-1
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Duration: 43 minutes