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It has been a rough start to 2022, with many stocks down significantly. This week in our latest LPL Market Signals podcast, Ryan Detrick and Jeff Buchbinder discuss the rough start to this year, what is needed for a low to form, and the upcoming Federal Reserve meetings.

Dissecting the start of 2022

We expected some volatility this year, but we didn’t think it would be all at the start of the year. Ryan notes how this year saw the S&P 500 Index down 10% (on an intraday basis) nearly faster than any other year in history. Jeff adds that with the Federal Reserve hiking rates and an aging economy, more volatility shouldn’t be a huge shock, just that it happened so soon is uncomfortable. Ryan mentions that the S&P 500 Index averages a 10% correction once a year and we haven’t had one since early 2020, so we are likely due.

What is needed for a bottom

The strategists both agree that sentiment is flashing contrarian signals. From texts from family and friends, to huge volume, and big spikes in bears in sentiment polls, we could be nearing a major low. Ryan was impressed with how well crude oil has held up, which suggests that global demand is still strong. Earnings season is strong and the corporate backdrop is healthy according to Jeff as well. Lastly, they discuss that early in a midterm year stocks tend to be weak, which is playing out a little too well as Jeff noted.

Fed meeting preview

It is widely expected that the Fed won’t increase interest rates at this meeting, but likely will in March. Jeff says he didn’t expect too many curveballs from the Fed this week, as they will likely stick to the recent narrative that higher rates are needed to combat inflation, but the economy should be strong enough to withstand higher rates. Ryan and Jeff also note that rate hikes take place more mid-cycle, and we still expect the economy to grow this year and future growth should last (at least) a few more years.

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