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Don’t Expect the Fed to End This Bull Anytime Soon

What impending Fed rate hikes could mean for stocks

The Federal Reserve’s massive pivot has understandably caused stock market volatility recently. However, a look back at history is reassuring. LPL Research strategists point out that stocks tend to perform well in the year after initial Fed rate hikes, with average gains of about 10% and the S&P 500 Index higher the last eight cycles. Looking beyond that first year after those initial hikes, bull markets tend to run quite a while longer. From initial Fed rate hikes to the next bull market top, stocks have gained an average of 67% over 40 months.

Inflation is too high but may be near its peak

Inflation remains quite high, a worry for many investors. But the good news is the month-over-month changes are slowing, suggesting a peak is near. Also consider that roughly half of the excess inflation we are experiencing is COVID-19-related and is therefore unlikely to be sustained for very long. While markets may experience some volatility adjusting to higher inflation in the first half of 2022, LPL Research expects prospects for lower inflation later this year to help support markets in the second half.

Do midterm elections spell trouble for stocks?

Midterm election years tend to be more volatile for stocks due to policy uncertainty. Since 1950, midterm years have seen an average correction for the S&P 500 Index of 17%, highest of the four years of the presidential cycle. Might this year be less volatile? Possibly, if markets aren’t surprised by, or nervous about, the outcome. Stocks have historically performed better under gridlock, which appears more likely than not based on narrow Democratic majorities, but November is still a long way away. While history suggests a 10% stock market correction in 2022 is likely, LPL Research strategists would be surprised if anything much bigger than that materialized.

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