Beware of Unintended Risks

By Keith Lee - July 26, 2018

There are so many factors that should be roiling equity markets this year: a growing trade war with China; testy re-negotiations among the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners; ever-present geopolitical risks; rising U.S. interest rates and possible inflation.

But surprisingly, investors are seemingly taking all of those issues in stride so far. Sure, there have been patches of volatility, but when world leaders are threatening each other with thermo-nuclear war via Twitter, we’d expect far more turbulence.

So why haven’t we seen greater volatility? After all, we like to see it periodically to add to positions when some of our favorite stocks take a dip. Well, maybe the market is staying focused on earnings and the outlook for growth, hoping that the political and trade issues get worked out eventually.

Nevertheless, there is one thing that keeps me up at night as a portfolio manager. Click on the video to find out what that is, and what we need to see before investing in any company.

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    Beware of Unintended Risks

    When world leaders threaten each other with thermo-nuclear war via Twitter, we’d expect far more turbulence. So why haven’t we seen it?

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