Thursday, May 2, 2019 » Investment Strategy Update, May 2019 Alternatives, Commentary Global Equities Rally: Global equities have rallied off the lows of December 2018, particularly U.S. equities, which have reached new highs. While the initial recovery was driven by attractive valuations, the dovish tone of global central banks has been supportive of equities moving higher as the interest rate tightening cycle has ended. This has resulted in a significant decline in global government bond yields. While lower bond yields are supportive of the equity risk premium on a global basis, the bond market and the equity market are sending contrasting signals. Bonds are pricing in much slower growth and inflation, and equities are pricing in optimistic expectations of future earnings growth, specifically in the U.S.