Since mid-July, U.S. and global stock markets have retreated and been subject to greater volatility than they have experienced in the recent past. There are a number of international factors contributing to this unsettled environment. Events closer to home have served to further stoke investor fears. The VIX®, a measure of the market’s expectations regarding near-term stock market volatility, is at its highest level since 2012, indicating that a heightened level of volatility may be here for a while.
We take a long-term view while carefully watching short-term development
At Klingenstein Fields Advisors, we expect volatility will continue given economic uncertainty and the U.S. election cycle. We maintain our view that investing primarily in equities offers the best opportunity for long-term growth. Therefore, our strategic asset allocation ranges remain unchanged. However, we are carefully positioning client portfolios to favor investments that may be more resilient to global pressures.
We continue to keep a close eye on the markets, monitoring both what we believe to be short-term noise in the market, as well as looking for potential long-term fundamental shifts in market behavior. We begin with a strategic asset allocation, building thoughtfully diversified portfolios designed to help you withstand the ups and downs of the markets. At the same time, we make tactical adjustments where warranted in order to take advantage of short-term opportunities or avoid unwarranted risk.
We encourage you to contact your personal Wealth Advisor at 212.492.7000 with any questions you may have regarding current markets or your portfolio. We believe communication is critical to an enduring relationship. As always, your Klingenstein Fields Advisors’ team is ready to serve you, whatever your needs may be.