The Damage Done

The Damage Done

Published On: October 30, 2018

Written by: Ben Atwater and Matt Malick

  • Last week we wrote about the widespread misconception that 2018 is a robust year for investment returns in The Curse of the Diverse. On the contrary, 2018 has been a challenge.
  • Since that note, equities have deteriorated further. The leadership of the market for the last several years – large cap growth – has experienced an additional breakdown.
  • The below chart of the Nasdaq 100, the 100 largest stocks by market capitalization in the Nasdaq index, which is heavily oriented toward growth stocks, broke further below its 200-day moving average (orange line).
  • As you can see above, the Nasdaq 100 has seen breaks below its 200-day moving average over the past three years, twice in 2016, as a matter of fact.
  • This time may be different (famous last words). For the first time during this bull market, commentators are beginning to gently question the fundamental business models of the market’s tech-heavy leadership.
  • As we referenced last week, the only thing left of this bull market is large cap growth. If it doesn’t rebound, the larger market could face significant downside pressure.
  • The good news if this pressure materializes – although painful – it will create opportunities for disciplined investing. Short-term pain is never fun, but we feel energized seeing fundamentals return to markets.

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