Every so often, a well-intentioned investor will ask the question, “why is my portfolio not up as much as the market?” When referring to “the market,” most investors are referring to the S&P 500 Index or a similar index that represents the stock market’s performance. Continue reading “Why is My Portfolio Not Up as Much as the Market?”
The strong rise in the stock market, led by big gains in the financials, energy, and industrials sectors, has dominated the news recently. Dubbed by some as the “Trump Rally,” widespread anticipation of less regulation, lower taxes, and pro-growth policies have pushed major stock indexes to record highs. While the most aggressive, risk-on investors have reaped the full scope of these gains, the effects on the retirement and brokerage accounts of the average investor have been more moderate. The reason why is simple.
There are a couple of recurring themes that have seemed to dominate the financial news in recent weeks: the rise of the major indexes to record highs in equities and the steep rise in treasury yields. Since growth and interest rate expectations factor into both moves, these two headlines may seem like two sides of the same coin; yet there is a major difference between the two.
Since 2009, the efforts of the Federal Reserve and other global central banks to keep interest rates down have been an essential driver of the capital markets. With the Brexit news causing even more uncertainty and leading to a broad flight-to-quality, the historically low interest rates will probably stick around for some time.