March is here and with it comes some Madness! This week on the LPL Market Signals podcast, Chief Market Strategist Ryan Detrick and Equity Strategist Jeff Buchbinder discuss four things that matter the most for stocks in 2021.
Rates and Profits
The #4 and #3 factors that matter to stocks are rates and profits. Long-term rates have been rising on expectations of a better economy. Higher rates can impact bond prices, so money could be leaving bonds and into stocks should rates continue to move higher. Ryan and Jeff note that profits are the life blood to any strong economic recovery and with S&P 500 Index earnings expected to jump 25% in ’21, the stage is set for profits to justify the record run.
Policy and Vaccines
Policy is the #2 factor that matter to stocks, while vaccines are our #1 factor. Turning to policy, record monetary and fiscal policy are a big part of why stocks are so strong and will continue to be strong. The Federal Reserve (Fed) is fully committed to lower rates, while a huge stimulus bill is coming later this year. Ryan and Jeff agree, though, that the #1 factor is vaccines. With more than 10% of the United States vaccinated, and millions more set to receive a vaccine every day, the reopening is happening faster than nearly anyone had expected.
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