Quarterly Market Update

First Quarter 2017

Quarterly capital market review and outlook

Projecting 2.30% GDP in 2017

Continued strong consumption and improving business confidence combined with less drag from the oil and gas sector and more aggressive fiscal policy should bolster economic growth in 20171.

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Economic outlook

Pace of economic growth potentially accelerates in 2017

Going forward, the economy may see a lift from President-elect Trump’s proposed stimulus programs including tax reform and infrastructure spending. The question now becomes how much of the good news has already been discounted into stock and bond prices?

Equity outlook

Global populist political theme to continue

The global populist political theme may affect upcoming elections in Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands. If the anti-European-union populist candidates lose, signaling continued Eurozone viability, then European stocks could see a large bounce. But given the strengthening U.S. dollar and economy, coupled with Trump stimulus policies, we continue to slightly favor the U.S.

Fixed income outlook

Linear path to higher rates possible

For the last two years, rates have risen in the fourth quarter, only to go right back down in the first quarter. That pattern could repeat again in 2017. However, given the stimulative vibe from the new administration and Congress, it seems a little less likely. Certainly, the anticipation of stimulus measures should limit the amount by which interest rates can drop. Should we get some weaker data in the first quarter, the bond market may very well sit flat as opposed to rallying like it has done in the last two years.


Managing Director of Portfolio Management of BBVA Global Wealth, Gwynne Shackelford, and BWS2 Investment Strategist, Anne-Joëlle Viguier-Galley

In this edition of the BBVA Compass Market Outlook, Mses. Shackelford and Viguier-Galley peer into their crystal ball for a glimpse of key drivers of the 2017 economy and financial markets.

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In general, the bond market is volatile as prices rise when interest rates fall and vice versa. This effect is usually pronounced for longer-term securities.

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Fixed income investments are subject to various risks including changes in interest rates, credit quality, inflation risk, market valuations, prepayments, corporate events, tax ramifications and other factors.

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Other Sources: Bloomberg; California.gov; Russell.com; First page index returns are calculated on a total return basis using the following indexes:

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