7 investment tips to consider in 2014

Wade Balliet
Posted by Wade Balliet
Investment Strategy
In January, the Investment Advisory & Management team (IA&M) of Bank of the West’s Wealth Management Group issued its 2014 outlook, and these are among the top tips for investors.

  • For U.S. equities, the IA&M team does not see the equity market in a bubble or overvalued as long as revenues and earnings continue to grow, with S&P earnings estimated to grow at 6 to 8 percent in 2014.
  • In emerging markets, it is a bit too soon to start overweighting tactical positions due to cheapness alone. Timing will be paramount as momentum could continue to carry these markets downward, even as global growth accelerates.
  • High quality municipal bonds will perform relatively well as valuations remain attractive when compared to taxable securities, improving credit quality, and supply that remains below historical averages.
  • Foreign government bonds will likely outperform Treasuries as supply shifts in the market due to tapering, creating opportunities to underweight Treasuries.
  • In the energy sector, recent infrastructure investments should perform well as they are exploited, providing energy-intensive industries with an advantage.
  • Housing may face some headwinds from predicted pick-up in rates as well as from tighter government regulations on lending that took effect in January 2014.
  • Alternative strategies will benefit from expected increases in interest rate volatility due to Fed tapering.

To read more about the Investment Advisory & Management report, which includes an outlook for U.S. and global growth and projections of GDP for 2014, go to: http://GoWe.st/1g3b5H7.


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