The extreme volatility experienced in late 2018 and early 2019 serves as a reminder that investing is about staying the course and focusing on long‐term investment goals rather than trying to predict short‐term market moves. As seen in the performance overview below, the bulk of the fourth quarter 2018 equity and commodity market losses were largely recouped in the first quarter of 2019.
Economic growth in the US has generally been in line with our expectations. The pace of growth in 2018 was above‐trend, driven by benefits from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. In 2019, US GDP growth is decelerating to an expected annual growth rate near 2%. Furthermore, we continue to believe there will not be a recession in 2019. If the economic expansion continues for one more quarter, the current expansion will become the longest on record.
Outside the US, economic data has been mixed. Eurozone growth decelerated from an already meager pace and the uncertainty surrounding the Brexit saga drags on. Germany, Europe’s largest economy and the fourth largest in the world, has been weaker than expected. In China, ongoing efforts to stimulate the economy are showing early signs of taking hold. A resolution to the current trade conflict would help the Chinese economy achieve the 6.0%‐6.5% real GDP growth target that policymakers are intent on reaching.
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