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Bear market is here, now what?

A bear market is here and investors are worried. What could happen next and what should they do? This week in the LPL Market Signals podcast, Jeff Buchbinder and Ryan Detrick discuss the bear market, the latest on inflation, and what the Federal Reserve could do at their next meeting.

Inflation picture worsens: When will we get a break?

Inflation data continues to run hotter than most economists expect, and Friday was another bad day as consumer prices rose more than expected. With many economists looking for signs of an inflation peak, it led to higher rates, worries over a more aggressive Fed, and a huge drop for stocks. Jeff notes this is disappointing, but the likelihood that inflation still peaks over the coming months is strong. Not to mention we could be getting some good news on the Ukraine front, which is a true wild card. Ryan adds that used cars, fertilizer, and shipping costs have dropped, showing potential light at the end of the tunnel.

Bear market has arrived: Is the worst over?

Adding to the inflation theme, the S&P 500 Index officially moved to a bear market earlier this week. The fears are well known with inflation, a slowing economy, and an aggressive Fed right at the top of the list. As poor as things have been, there is some good news though. Looking at previous bear markets, if there is no recession stocks tend to bottom near current levels. Additionally, the year after stocks go into a bear market (so starting on Monday) has seen stocks up a median of nearly 24% a year later. By no means are things perfect, but with expectations so very low, any good news could spark a nice rally.

Fed preview: Behind the 8-ball

This time a week ago there was only a small chance of a 75 basis point hike from the Fed at the upcoming meeting. Well today it is baked in. The jump in rates and expected Fed hikes so far this year has been unlike anything we’ve ever seen, but stubbornly high 40-year highs in inflation will do that. The strategists agreed that 75 basis points is likely baked in the next two meetings now, and at the end of the day, we need to see some improvement in inflation to see these expectations come back to earth. 

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