As stocks and gold continue to climb in 2016, one of Wall Street's largest firms has a clear message for investors: There could be trouble brewing in this rally.
Prices on bullion and government debt, two of the safest of safe havens, have skyrocketed this year even as risk-sensitive assets have powered higheras well. According to some, that isn't a good thing.
"I believe we are seeing signs of froth in perceived safe assets," advised Stephen Parker, Head of Thematic Solutions for J.P. Morgan Private bank on CNBC's "Futures Now" last week.
Initially, Parker said, the optimism was warranted as fundamentals justified the risk rally. In particular, stronger-than-expected earnings, bolstered by top line revenue growth, have surprised to the upside, That "...is something we haven't seen in recent quarters," he said. Through Friday, 65 percent of earnings reports have come in above estimates led by beats from General Electric and Whirlpool, which has encouraged investors.
"You're seeing better signs of stabilizing economic growth," said Parker. "Economic surprises in the U.S. have reached their best levels since the beginning of 2015."