Wells Fargo Investment Institute Releases ‘2020 Outlook: A Call for Resilience’

How to position a portfolio for resilience through a long bull market, slowing global growth, presidential election year

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Wells Fargo Investment Institute (WFII) today released its “2020 Outlook: A Call for Resilience,” which provides an in-depth analysis of economic and market forecasts, including commentary about the global economy, equities, fixed income, real assets, alternative investments and portfolio implementation actions.

“While this year was largely characterized by a tug-of-war between substantial geopolitical drags and offsetting global monetary policy easing, ironically all equity asset classes, and even several fixed income asset classes, have delivered double-digit returns, despite these concerns,” said Darrell Cronk, president of WFII and chief investment officer of Wells Fargo Wealth & Investment Management. “For now, we remain comfortable that the expansion can again weather this storm, even while traditional late-cycle signals abound.”

The report suggests three factors that are necessary for the global economy to stay resilient:

  1. Consumer spending must remain solid.
  2. Credit spreads (fixed income) must remain well-behaved.
  3. China-U.S. trade dispute needs to de-escalate.

“Investors can instill resilience in their portfolios during this tricky part of the economic cycle by wisely positioning exposure to risk assets,” Cronk said. “Strong performance across equities, fixed income and real assets affords investors a unique and timely opportunity to ensure that position and exposure reflect the right risk/reward.”

The outlook provides five ways investors can pivot away from higher-risk asset classes:

  1. Cash has an important place in a portfolio.
  2. Focus on quality.
  3. Go beyond traditional fixed income for yield.
  4. Defense can be a good offense.
  5. Focus on longer-term diversification, as shorter periods are likely to be volatile.

In addition, WFII’s focus themes for 2020 are Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investing and a recurring series guide to the 2020 Elections.

Download “2020 Outlook: A Call for Resilience” and watch a video with strategists discussing what they think the biggest investment news stories will be in 2020.

Join the WFII 2020 Outlook webcast and conference call on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m. Eastern time. The number is 855-458-0619.

About the Wells Fargo Investment Institute

Wells Fargo Investment Institute is a registered investment adviser and wholly owned subsidiary of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., a bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company, providing investment research, strategy, manager research and thought leadership within the Wealth and Investment Management division, with the goal of supplying world-class advice to the company’s financial and wealth advisers.

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,500 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 32 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 261,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 29 on Fortune’s 2019 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories.


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