1. If only it was that easy…
Question: What's the best way to make a small fortune in the stock market?
Answer: Start off with a big fortune.
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2. Labor supply, taxes and regulations remain top challenges for U.S. small businesses. The biggest challenges facing small business remain taxes and regulation. However, sales, which nine years ago was the second biggest challenge, has fallen in the spectrum. Today, due to the recovered economy and tighter labor market, it’s hard to find quality talent.
The Morningstar paper stated that “While a Phillips curve relationship would suggest that lower unemployment is correlated with greater wage inflation, the lack of commensurate increase in cost-of-labor response reflects the breakdown of this relationship.” (Photo: Shutterstock)
3. Green shoots in U.S. housing market? Some potential good news for the housing market. The National Association of Realtors’ Housing Affordability Index had its first year-on-year gain in two years. This is largely due to lower mortgage rates and the slowdown in the rise of housing prices — a combo, Morningstar’s report says, that suggests a better housing market. (Photo: Shutterstock)
4. Futures imply a downturn in the federal funds rate. Fed fund futures, in the past, have represented the forecasted path of actual fed funds rates. That said, this indicator hasn’t worked well around “inflection points where the Fed altered monetary policy,” Morningstar notes. For example, from 2010 to 2016, when rates finally rose, futures indicated an upward trajectory that in reality was flat.
Still, the “most recent market-implied path for interest rates has taken a turn and starkly contrasts previous expectations for 2020-2022,” Morningstar says. (Photo: Shutterstock)
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6. Passive-friendly categories see higher growth. Using the Morningstar Quantitative Rating, the report shows the score that is the difference between active fund scores minus passive scores for fund categories. A large positive difference is good for active management while negative difference is seen as favorable to passive-friendly funds.
Categories most favorable to passive are convertibles, Muni New York intermediate, short government and consumer defensive.
Categories most favorable to active funds are bank loans, equity allocation of 85% or more, emerging markets local-currency bonds and world allocation. (Photo: Shutterstock)