Emblem Portfolios - Canadian: Increased U.S. equities, decreased international equities.
Emblem GIF Portfolios - Global: Increased U.S. equities, proceeds from bonds and/or accumulated cash
Equity markets across the globe have experienced very strong moves since their December 2018 lows. At yesterday’s close, the S&P/TSX Composite has gained 20%, 21% for the S&P 500, and 13% for the MSCI EAFE index. With such strong moves in a compressed period of time, any improvement in fundamentals has not been able to keep pace.
That being said, the bond market does not offer a meaningful option to deploy assets. Government bond yields have come down significantly over the past few months on increased expectations that the Federal Reserve will no longer raise interest rates over the remainder of 2019. Additionally, corporate bond spreads have meaningfully narrowed alongside the equity market run.
In our view, the U.S. equity market offers an advantage in the current late-cycle environment when seeking a balance between continued growth and defensive characteristics. Layering on top of this is the tendency for the U.S. dollar to be stable in times of global economic uncertainty and equity market volatility.
A larger factor in the tactical decision, however, lies in the stock-by-stock composition of our U.S. equity portfolio, which is comprised of high quality companies with durable competitive advantages, are highly cash generative, or are more defensive in nature.
Empire Life Emblem Portfolios: Asset allocation update
Empire Life Emblem Global Portfolios: Asset allocation update
*Change in asset mix from April 24, 2019 to April 26, 2019
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