Investment Strategies for the Slow Growth Economy | ETF Trends

By Gary Stringer, Kim Escue and Chad Keller, Stringer Asset Management

With a broad collection of economic signals ranging from business surveys to interest rates stabilizing in recent months, the pace of economic growth and the financial markets may be approaching an equilibrium where the pace of growth and long-term interest rates hold steady.

For example, U.S. and global composite PMIs have shown signs of stabilization over the last few months. This stability suggests that the slowdown in the pace of economic growth has bottomed.

Business Survey Are Stablizing

Furthermore, while long-term interest rates and industrial commodity prices have recovered from recent lows, they remain well below levels seen before the pace of growth began to slow in 2018.

Market Indicators Are Stabalizing

We are not expecting a significant recovery in the pace of growth. Rather, we think that 1.8% annualized real GDP and 3.5% annualized nominal GDP will be the norm going forward.

Indexed NGDP Revenue Relationship

Considering these GDP and revenue growth rates as well as current equity valuations, we are forecasting a 7% annualized total return on U.S. equities over the coming decade. Our work suggests than any recession we might see in the coming years is likely to be shallow and short-lived largely due to tighter regulations and lack of bank industry leverage. Despite a slower pace of growth, our projections suggest a doubling of the value of an equity investment over the next decade, bouts of volatility notwithstanding.

Our posture remains relatively conservative while have added to areas we think are attractive. As a result of our expectations for slow growth and volatility, we favor a strategy focused on high quality, consistent dividend and interest income coupled with investments in areas that we think still offer attractive relative values. These areas include longer-duration, high quality bonds and tactical investments in high dividend income global infrastructure companies for our income-oriented Strategies as well as a broad assortment of information technology companies, with an emphasis on the semiconductor space, for our growth-oriented Strategies. Given our expectation for interest rate stability, longer-duration bonds and high dividend income global infrastructure companies look attractive. Furthermore, while global equity markets have appreciated, we think that the semiconductor space still trades at a discount to historical valuations.


The Cash Indicator (CI) has risen closer to the mid-point of its recent range but remains slightly below the long-term median of 28. This movement suggests that a moderate level of risk is reflected in the markets. While the CI has risen to its highest level since January 2019, it is still far below a crisis level. With the U.S. economic backdrop stable, this suggests that market declines are likely buying opportunities.

Cash Indicator

This article was written by Gary Stringer, CIO, Kim Escue, Senior Portfolio Manager, and Chad Keller, COO and CCO at Stringer Asset Management, a participant in the ETF Strategist Channel.


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S&P 500 Index – This Index is a capitalization-weighted index of 500 stocks. The Index is designed to measure performance of a broad domestic economy through changes in the aggregate market value of 500 stocks representing all major industries.