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Guide to US Equities

  • Describe the dominance of US equities on global stock markets
  • Describe the impact of Federal monetary policy on US equities
  • Identify some of the challenges with investing in tech stocks
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Guide to US Equities

Introduction

US equities dominate the investment landscape when it comes to global funds, as many of the world's largest companies are American.

But US equities can be seen to be over-valued, making it difficult for investors to find decent returns.

Many of these stocks are in the tech sector, most notably the FANG stocks, based on Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google, but for many people these are expensive shares to own; they hold attraction though because of their long-term prospects.

Interest rates are likely to have an impact this year, as president Trump puts pressure on the Fed to lower interest rates further. LAst year's loose monetary policy helped to create a stock market rally this year - it is unlikley to have the same effect this year.

There are many funds to choose from, and some have done exceptionally well. This guide attempts to illuminate some of the issues relating to investing in US equities.

In this guide

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  1. According to the first feature the S&P 500 has outperformed major indices in the UK, Europe, Asia, Japan and emerging markets over six of the last calendar years, true or false?

  2. According to feature two, what will make the Fed unenthusiastic about raising interest rates?

  3. According to feature three, what is the major difference between now and 1999 when investing in tech stocks?

  4. According to feature four, why are US equities so high in value (155 per cent of US GDP)?

  5. According to feature four, it is very easy to avoid US-listed stocks in one's fund, true or false?

  6. According to feature two, 2019, when the Fed reverted to looser monetary policy:

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  • Describe the dominance of US equities on global stock markets
  • Describe the impact of Federal monetary policy on US equities
  • Identify some of the challenges with investing in tech stocks

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