Four months into 2019 and the S&P 500 is up 17% (price return), making it the seventh best start to the year for the index since 1929. One sector is just barely eking out a positive return: health care. The return spread between health care and the best-performing sector—technology—over just the first four months of the year is a staggering 24%.There are two main reasons why the health care sector appears to be on life support.
In the May issue of our monthly flagship publication, we feature:On the Record by Chief Investment Officer Tony Roth, where he talks about the changes taking place on the global economic growth trajectory that have prompted his team to reevaluate its world view, what it means for the stock market in general, and the weighting on international developed equities, in particular.
In the 1Q 2019 issue of our quarterly publication, we: Explore the state and local tax implications from the new tax reform legislation, from a market supply and demand perspective.Analyze the potential effects of the new tax law from a credit perspective.Provide data on the municipal market’s performance in the first quarter of the year.Strong technicals fueled first-quarter market performance as uplift from robust demand and moderate supply led to positive returns.