What is Fueling Global Equity Returns?

By Brent Puff - October 24, 2017

In the world of investments, little is certain. However, one thing I can say with complete certainty is that my job is never boring. There are few slow days when you’re tracking market events that span continents and time zones—not to mention synthesizing the connections between them.

Global equity returns remained strong in the third quarter, thanks to improving economic conditions in most major geographies, the continued strength in corporate profit growth and accommodative monetary policy. The future direction of equity market performance hinges on several important factors:  the forward progression of corporate profits, inflation expectations, and global monetary conditions will all play a role in determining equity returns.

Where are we looking for opportunities against this backdrop? That’s the subject of my latest video.

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