Valuations continue to favor U.S. large-cap stocks over small-cap stocks
- Total returns for small-cap stocks have lagged large caps so far this year. However, due to their multi-year outperformance over large-cap stocks, valuations continue to favor large company stocks.
- Historically, when facing sluggish economic growth and accommodative interest rate policies, investors tend to favor large company stocks. Those with high dividends and proven track records of delivering profit growth through several business cycles are emphasized.
- So far this year, stock correlations have come down somewhat. Since the recovery, small-cap stocks have performed better in a “risk-on” environment rather than their performance being driven by fundamental earnings growth. As today’s slow-growth environment remains uncertain, and financial markets continue to be volatile, we favor large company stocks over small.
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