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Are Stocks Taking A GAP Year?

Key Points

  • Gains in the global stock market have taken time off this year to consider GAP concerns: growth, agreements, and policy.

  • Unlike recent high school graduates, the gap year for global markets may not last a full year if the growth and trade concerns become temporary and fiscal policy stimulus moderates monetary policy tightening.

  • Graduation can create jubilance and anxiety about what is to come, but for investors the best course of action may be to stay calm.
     

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The information provided here is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered an individualized recommendation or personalized investment advice. The investment strategies mentioned here may not be suitable for everyone. Each investor needs to review an investment strategy for his or her own particular situation before making any investment decision.

All expressions of opinion are subject to change without notice in reaction to shifting market conditions. Data contained herein from third-party providers is obtained from what are considered reliable sources. However, its accuracy, completeness or reliability cannot be guaranteed.

Examples provided are for illustrative purposes only and not intended to be reflective of results you can expect to achieve.

The MSCI ACWI captures large and mid cap representation across 23 Developed Markets and 24 Emerging Markets countries. With 2,495 constituents, the index covers approximately 85% of the global investable equity opportunity set.

The MSCI World Index captures large and mid cap representation across 23 Developed Markets countries. With 1,649 constituents, the index covers approximately 85% of the free float-adjusted market capitalization in each country.