Rates Go Boom
Yields jumped last year as expectations of a surging economy and higher inflation dominated conversation. As a result, bonds are off to one of their worst starts to a year ever, while growth stocks (and other higher valued stocks) were hit quite hard. Chief Market Strategist Ryan Detrick and Equity Strategist Jeffrey Buchbinder discuss why historically, higher rates have actually been bullish for stocks, which is something nearly no one is pointing out right now. The real winner from a higher growth and higher rates world would be cyclical values stocks, things like materials, industrials, and financials.
Earnings Season Goes Boom
It was an amazing show from corporate America this fourth quarter earnings season, as more than 80% of companies in the S&P 500 Index beat earnings expectations, while their views on the future were quite bright, as full 2021 growth estimates rose to 24% from only 16% a few months ago. The LPL Strategists noted that 2021 earnings are expected to be as much as 7% above the 2019 peak, something that nearly no one expected in late 2020.
Economic Data Continues to Boom, is Inflation Next?
Last week saw better than expected consumer confidence, housing data, durable goods data, and personal income. Not to mention we now have a third vaccine approved to fight COVID-19, all adding up to a quickly improving economy, faster than most expected. Although inflation worries are mounting, at this time Ryan and Jeff don’t see a major shift taking place in higher prices and this move higher is likely transitory.
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