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Is the low in?

Stocks staged a huge bounce last week amid higher inflation, a hawkish Fed, and war in Eastern Europe. So, is the low in? In our latest LPL Market Signals podcast, Jeff Buchbinder and Ryan Detrick discuss why it very well could be. They also break down the recent Federal Reserve Bank (Fed) decision to start hiking rates and break down why an investor would want to own bonds, even though it has been a rough ride lately.

Last Week Was Amazing

The S&P 500 Index added 6.2% for the best week since the week of the U.S. election in November 2020. Ryan notes that previous 5% weekly gains saw continued strength, being higher a month later 11 of the past 12 times and up about 5%. Jeff says that sentiment was historically washed out, and although the headlines are still very dour, much of the bad news is priced into things. Ryan adds that we are seeing some baby steps in improvement on supply chains, which is something not many people are talking about. Lastly, last week saw the S&P 500 add 1% on four consecutive days, a very rare, yet potentially bullish development.

Fed Review

The Fed hiked rates by 25 basis points (0.25%) last week, as was widely expected. Overall, the Fed came off quite hawkish, with another six hikes expected this year and another four more next year. Yields continued to move higher, but stocks took this in stride and actually saw huge gains. The strategists note this was the first time in nearly two years the Fed didn’t mention COVID-19, but now it is replaced with the war in Ukraine. Ryan adds the Fed was quite optimistic about the economy going forward and expects it to be able to handle higher rates. 

Why Even Own Bonds?

It’s been a rough ride for bonds lately as yields have soared and many are asking if bonds even make sense in a portfolio. Jeff points out bonds still make sense, but we’ve been underweighting bonds relative to stocks for a long time now. Yet with the huge moves in yields, now could be a time to consider adding some high-quality bonds as a diversifier to a portfolio. Don’t forget, bonds are also much less volatile that stocks as Ryan mentions, so they can help big swings in a portfolio as well. Lastly, the strategists note that yields might be going higher but credit risk hasn’t increased. Liquidity, equity diversification, and total returns are all valuable properties core bonds bring to diversified portfolios and why investors should still consider owning core bonds.

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