Third quarter stock market performance was modestly positive. The S&P 500® Index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average both advanced by 1.2%. But that small gain was erased in the first week of October, as worries over trade, manufacturing, and politics took center stage. Still, the U.S. stock market’s year-to-date advance has been impressive; through September 30, the S&P 500® returned 20.6%, its best nine-month run of any year this decade.
The first quarter’s equity markets rebound continued into June after a weak final period of 2018. The S&P 500® Index rose by nearly 4% in the second quarter, bringing the Index’s year-to-date 2019 return to +17%, its best first half performance in 22 years.
On January 28, 2019, Palisade Capital Management Co-Chairman and Chief Investment Officer Dan Veru appeared on CNBC’s “Worldwide Exchange” to discuss the key items for the markets this week: earnings, the Fed meeting, and U.S.-China trade talks.
As investors search for solutions to help meet their risk and return objectives in these uncertain times, Palisade believes concentrated equity portfolios of high-quality issuers offer a compelling approach to achieve long-term investment objectives. Investors should not underestimate the role of individual companies within a portfolio or believe all risk can be avoided through diversification. Instead, investors seeking long-term return should consider allocating some portion of their assets to concentrated strategies that allow individual companies to drive portfolio performance.