Rocky start to new year is no surprise

By Joe Williams, CFA Director of Investment Strategy - Commerce Trust Company

January 5, 2016
Joe Williams, CFA

U.S. stocks got off to a rocky trading start in the new year, buffeted by continuing concerns over global economic slowdown, yesterday's drop in Chinese stocks, downward pressure on energy prices and increasing political tensions in the Middle East. Markets are unsettled and may remain volatile as these developments play out. Even though downside risks to global growth exist, our expectation is that these impacts will be manageable and not enough to derail the U.S. economy's upward, albeit slow, general trajectory.

Key takeaways this week:

  • Overvalued equity markets can lead to 3% to 7% corrections almost anytime.
  • U.S. financial markets are still strongly influenced by the economic slowdown in China.
  • Political tensions intensifying in the Middle East are affecting the U.S. economy.
  • Past performance is no guarantee of future results, and the opinions and other information in the investment commentary are as of January 5, 2016. This summary is intended to provide general information only and is reflective of the opinions of Commerce Trust Company Investment Policy Committee. This material is not a recommendation of any particular security, is not based on any particular financial situation or needs, and is not intended to replace the advice of a qualified attorney, tax advisor or investment professional. Diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect against all risk. Commerce does not provide tax advice or legal advice to customers. Consult a tax specialist regarding tax implications related to any product and specific financial situations. Data contained herein from third-party providers is obtained from what are considered reliable sources. However, its accuracy, completeness or reliability cannot be guaranteed. All expressions of opinion are subject to change without notice depending upon worldwide market, economic or political conditions.
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