American Century – Optimism In Value Investing In 2019?

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While the end of 2018 may have been rocky for financial markets, our value team is excited about their prospects in 2019. In this quarter’s update, Sr. Portfolio Manager Mike Liss discusses where his team is looking for good risk/rewards for client portfolios, and what continues to worry him heading into 2019.

Optimism In Value Investing In 2019?

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We're very excited about 2019. We see some very good research awards for our clients in energy and in financials.

Ended 2000 18 was a pretty rocky lot of things were weighing on the market quite a bit of it. Those over into the beginning of 2019 the trade war with China that's going to be hanging over heads for quite a while. We don't know what's going to happen over the 90 90 day period that it was agreed to to continue to negotiate before the next round of tariffs will be put in place. We think the energy markets will balance out OPEC has decided to pull about one point two million barrels of production off the market. Inflation has slowed down the rate of acceleration inflation really slow down towards the back half of 2018.

It hasn't stopped. Still around 2 percent. And you've got a tight labor market as well. As far as the debate value versus growth values started to outperform growth in the fourth quarter. But from our perspective the more expensive parts of the value market are the ones that have really outperformed being utilities consumer staples and real estate investment trusts. And for our strategy at the moment we don't view those as being good risk rewards for our clients because they are on the more expensive side. We see the best records for our clients in energy and in financials and in particular within the financials with the banks and capital markets. What worries me most is a recession instead of just this global slowdown which is what we think that's our base case. Instead it turns into something worse and the tariffs. End up being fully implemented and the companies just pull back on investing and so causing a recession. The reason we don't foresee a recession at least in the immediate future.

Is because the financial conditions that we saw in the last last two recessions we don't see the same level of excesses. We're pretty optimistic on energy. We think that the moves from OPEC to rebalance the market will have a positive effect. We think that that investment will continue and will help our energy services companies and we think that the behaviour of the exploration and production companies that we own have started to change in a major way. Instead of focusing on growth at all costs they're starting to focus on returns on capital which means that they are starting to actually return cash to shareholders. We're pretty optimistic on the banks as well. We think that they have changed themselves and transform transform themselves over the last decade. They have much more capital relative to 10 years ago. We think that they engaged in a lot of reckless behavior and a lot of bad lending towards the end of the last cycle. We do not think that they've gone to that length of that extreme. This time we think to have very solid return prospects because we think that they can grow their loan book 1 to 3 percent depending on the bank they pay dividend yields now that are up around 3 percent continue to increase those dividends. And we think they can get a little operating leverage in their income statement.

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