The bubble is still running. So why do investors cool?

Wall Street seems incapable of doing his mind about taking the risk.

The market fell sharply on Friday, but all three of the major national equity indices are still close to their high levels. The actions of small speculative companies are outpacing stable stocks of blue. And volatile stock markets in the emerging market have risen up to 16% this year.

Many market strategists expect stocks to continue their long upward move but be cautious, rather than the euphoria induced by greed, is fit for this phase of the seven-year bull market.

“I would not call this a risk for the type of environment,” said Matt Kadnar, a member of the asset allocation team at the OGM Investment Management Company. “I would describe it as cautious, and marginally, a little confident.”

Terri Spath, investment manager at Sierra Investment Management, agrees. For one thing, he said, “In addition to the risk of rallying in small stocks and emerging markets, there has also been a rally in” off-risk “activities lately.” Long-term government securities, for example, have returned two figures since the end of 2015, as some of the most defensive market sectors that are not economically sensitive, such as utilities.

In fact, the over-performance of small shares and emerging market shares could be explained equally by the desire to be cautious as aggressive.


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Stocks of small capitalization are known to outperform the big market of the initial stages in mid-economic expansion – generally when growth expectations start to warm up – but not in the seventh year of a recovery.

Stocks of small American companies also have another feature, which explains their popularity at this time: “They are one of the purest invested in the United States than the rest of the world,” said New Financial Adviser Lewis J. Altfest York Planner.

Small domestic companies tend to be much less dependent on foreign sales than large multinational corporations. Small shares “probably have a home exposure of 80 to 85 percent,” said Christopher S. Beck, investment manager for the Delaware Investments equity equity team. “Midcap stocks are usually about 65-70 percent households, and big shares are just about 50 percent.”

Why is this important?

Despite the low rate of economic growth at the national level, the economy is growing considerably faster in the US than in other parts of the developed world. Gross domestic product in the United States, for example, should grow by 2.4 per cent next year, according to I.H.S. Global Insight. By comparison, the euro area economy is projected to advance only 1.2 percent in 2017, while Japan G.D.P. An increase of 0.7% is expected.

So a bet on the US economy could be interpreted as a way to try to play safe.

In addition, Mr. Beck said: “When we entered this year, people expected from two to four interest rate hikes.” This has not happened so far and has worked well for stock of small businesses.

One reason is that rising rates in the US tend to buck up dollar demand as global investors seek higher returns. A strengthened dollar is often damaging to US business profits, because it makes goods produced in the US more expensive for foreign buyers.

Mr. Beck stated that investors might have added their participation in small shares – reducing their exposure to large multinationals – as a hedge against a potential rise in the dollar at the beginning of the year. But when the Fed decided to raise rates even when the economy showed modest signs of improvement, investors felt comfortable leaving that bet on the spot, he said.

The Fed’s decision to take account of rate hikes so far this year also contributes to explaining the jump in emerging market equity.

The world’s central banks have lowered rates this year, “encouraging investors to look for risky assets,” said Brian D. Singer, chief executive officer of William Blair’s dynamic asset allocation strategies. Fed’s rate of increase in the Fed helped this cause.

But Mr. Singer describes the emerging market rally fair this year as “reluctant, euphoric, hugging risk”.

He noted that one of the reasons that emerging market stocks had done so well was that “investors have ended up

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