Recent U.S. data releases have been mildly disappointing, with the stronger dollar and weaker external environment slowing the pace of manufacturing, exports, and other globally focused sectors. However, these trends serve to reinforce the positive consumer outlook and the low-inflation, mid-cycle expansion. Read Fidelity's latest business cycle update for details.
This chart indicates the current business cycle of the U.S. economy based on Fidelity's analysis of historical trends. The business cycle has four phases that reflect fluctuations in the economy, and each phase may have an effect on sector performance.
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Note: This is a hypothetical illustration of a typical business cycle. There is not always a chronological progression in this order, and there have been cycles when the economy has skipped a phase or retraced an earlier one. Economically sensitive assets include stocks and high-yield corporate bonds, while less economically sensitive assets include Treasury bonds and cash. Please see the latest business cycle update for a complete discussion.
The table below shows how sectors have tended to perform in each stage of the business cycle. For more information on sector performance patterns, read The Business Cycle Approach to Sector Investing (PDF).
Sectors and industries defined by Global Industry Classification Standards (GICS®).
Because of their narrow focus, sector funds tend to be more volatile than funds that diversify across many sectors and companies.
Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
Investment decisions should be based on an individual's own goals, time horizon, and tolerance for risk.