The stock market has staged an epic rally to start 2019, and leading the charge for the market has been growth stocks. Year-to-date, the S&P 500 is up 17.5%. Meanwhile, the iShares S&P 500 Growth ETF (NYSE:IVW) is up 19%, while the iShares S&P 500 Value ETF (NYSE:IVE) is up 16%. Thus, stocks are up big in 2019, and growth stocks have broadly outperformed value stocks.
There are many reasons why investors have returned to the growth trade in 2019. For starters, the economy has stabilized and even improved amid healthier China-U.S. trade relations. When the economy is healthy, investors tend to pile into risk-on, growth-oriented investments. Of equal importance, the Fed reversed its stance from “hike at all costs” to “wait and see”. This stance reversal has kept rates low, and low rates help support growth valuations. Also, secular growth trends in markets like cloud, data, AI and digital ads are hardly slowing.
Long story short, the growth trade is not dead. Considering that the Fed projects to