Stocks Grind Higher as Bonds Await the Fed
This week is set up to have a significant number of market moving events for stocks and bonds. Just as U.S. equities hit their highest levels since early this year, a few key events on the world stage and for fixed income markets are on the horizon.
The historic and unpredictable summit between the U.S. and North Korea is a wildcard for the week coming off the tumultuous G-7 meeting, where trade talks intensified between the U.S. and its allies. As a result, the markets will need to navigate uncertainty on the global stage.
U.S. interest rates have to deal with a one-two-three punch of a rising amount of supply at this week’s Treasury auction, fresh inflation data and the Fed’s June meeting, where an interest rate increase is expected. The U.S. Treasury is scheduled to auction off $193 billion in securities on Monday and Tuesday, which is up $4 billion and projected to rise more as deficits increase. The CPI will also be released on Tuesday and is expected to rise at the fastest pace since 2012.
I continue to remain positive on equities, despite numerous factors that could impact prices, due to solid economic growth. However, I remain very cautious on U.S. interest rates as both technicals and fundamentals support higher rates in the months ahead.
Opinions and statements of financial market trends that are based on current market conditions constitute judgment of the author and are subject to change without notice. The information and opinions contained in this material are derived from sources deemed to be reliable but should not be assumed to be accurate or complete. Statements that reflect projections or expectations of future financial or economic performance of the markets may be considered forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ significantly. Any forecasts contained in this material are based on various estimates and assumptions, and there can be no assurance that such estimates or assumptions will prove accurate.
Investing involves risk, including possible loss of principal. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. All information referenced in preparation of this material has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but accuracy and completeness are not guaranteed. There is no representation or warranty as to the accuracy of the information and Penn Mutual Asset Management shall have no liability for decisions based upon such information.
High-Yield bonds are subject to greater fluctuations in value and risk of loss of income and principal. Investing in higher yielding, lower rated corporate bonds have a greater risk of price fluctuations and loss of principal and income than U.S. Treasury bonds and bills. Government securities offer a higher degree of safety and are guaranteed as to the timely payment of principal and interest if held to maturity.
All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. This material may not be reproduced in whole or in part in any form, or referred to in any other publication, without express written permission.
Copyright © 2015 Penn Mutual. All Rights Reserved. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners.Read Less...