Americans urge to splurge powers economy


With continuing economic tailwinds driven in part by robust consumer spending in the housing, leisure and electronics sectors, the US equity market continued its slow and steady upward climb in the second quarter achieving new all-time highs.

As of June 30, the S&P 500 Index has risen 1.2% in 2015 and the NASDAQ composite advanced 5.2%.

Healthcare and consumer discretionary stocks have led the market.

 

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Consumer Spending

The consumer is benefiting from an economy which continues to expand, increasing wages due to lower unemployment and an improving labor market.

At the same time, lower energy prices and a strong dollar making foreign goods more affordable.

Small capitalization stocks have outpaced large capitalization stocks during the past six months.                   

                       

Portfolio Strategy                       

The Redwood US Equity Large Cap Core portfolio strives to build a portfolio of companies demonstrating positive estimate revisions, attractive valuation and high quality characteristics.                       

Consistent with the investment process, the majority of the excess return was driven by stock selection, which accounted for over 90% of the excess return.

Stocks in the information technology and financial sectors accounted for over half of excess return driven by strong stock selection.

 

Energy Bust

Energy was the largest negative contributor during the quarter, thanks to a myriad of global issues such as rising inventories, lagging demand, economic slowdown in China and a strengthening of the US dollar.         

During the second quarter, Redwood increased our exposure to energy but still remained underweighted the sector.

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Redwood Investments was founded in 2004 and strives to deliver consistent and superior investment performance drawing from the deep experience of our investment team. We use a rigorous stock selection process and invest only in our firm’s best ideas. Our firm believes that long-term outperformance is driven by stocks with attractive valuations, rising earnings estimates, high profit margins and superior management practices.

The investment portfolios offered at Covestor are overseen by Jennifer K. Silver, CFA and Michael J. Mufson, CFA, co-founders and Redwood’s managing partners.

Ms. Silver is responsible for day-to-day management of the firm, and is co-portfolio manager for all investment strategies. Previously, she was Managing Director and Head of Growth Equity at Neuberger Berman. She also spent 16 years at Putnam Investments, culminating with a senior leadership role as a Managing Director.

Mr. Mufson is also responsible for day-to-day management of the firm and is co-portfolio manager for all investment strategies. He has 25 years of investment experience and is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society. Before Redwood, he was a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at Putnam Investments and member of the Executive Committee.