So much for that economic jolt in 2018 from the Trump tax plan, one area of the stock market has indicated.
The Russell 2000, a measure of domestic focused small-cap companies, has dropped every day but three in the last two weeks (arrow below). The index has fallen 1.3% over the past five sessions, lagging modest gains for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500. With concerns on the economic impact of Trump's tax reform and a Federal Reserve focused on raising interest rates, investors may be wagering U.S. growth will undershoot expectations next year. If it does surprise to the downside, U.S. focused small-caps would be some of the most at risk for declines.
The effect of the tax plan added one doubter this week.
"It's not a gigantic increase in growth," outgoing Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told reporters at a conference Wednesday.
Despite the pullback in small-caps, investors more broadly remain bullish. They may want to take a page from the small-cap experts, however.
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