Can tech lead markets once more?
The know-how sector has arguably been the lynchpin for fairness markets this yr, simply because it has for the higher a part of the final decade. Marks defined that the preliminary recoveries we noticed in tech early in 2023 got here as markets started to foretell a slowdown in fee hikes, and even fee cuts, this yr. Even when these cuts didn’t come—partially on account of continued financial power—markets turned enamoured with synthetic intelligence (AI) and drove a number of the largest names in know-how greater.
Now plainly a number of the AI euphoria has died down and valuations for tech shares seem excessive. Marks nonetheless sees that sector as having nice potential to ship nice long-term return on fairness—because it has up to now. Nonetheless, the short-term headwinds within the face of upper rates of interest imply that tech could now not be the market-leading sector.
Proper now Marks sees larger management potential in historically defensive sectors like healthcare and client staples. She additionally sees alternative in sectors and subsectors with much less financial sensitivity, together with industrials and a few non-bank financials.
“I believe there are pockets the place you could find much less financial sensitivity,” Marks says. “Low capital necessities, sustainable money circulate, wholesome dividends, these are all areas the place I believe you’d discover enticing alternatives.”
The place Marks sees alternative for advisors
Within the face of rising charges, Marks sees many traders and advisors reconsidering the attractiveness of equities. She notes that in October of final yr the S&P 500 was buying and selling at round 17.5x earnings and the 10-year US treasury yield was round 3.6%. At the moment the S&P is at 21x earnings and rates of interest are round 4.5%. In these circumstances, she says, plenty of shares gained’t provide such a beautiful worth in comparison with 4.5% assured returns for 10 years.