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What to Know About Bear Markets

Although the S&P 500 Index has not yet closed in bear market territory—a 20% or more decline from the record high on January 3, 2022—it is very close. In the latest LPL Market Signals podcast, Jeff Buchbinder and Lawrence Gillum discuss historical stock market performance that occurred after bear markets began to help prepare investors for what might be coming. They also highlight key potential catalysts to turning this market around, including lower inflation and a possible Federal Reserve (Fed) pause later this year.

Four Things to Know About Bear Markets

Jeff and Lawrence discuss bear markets and highlight four things to know: 1) After the S&P 500 enters a bear market, historically the gain over the next year has been a median of 24%; 2) the median number of trading days for bear markets to bottom is 81, but five of them bottomed in less than 46 calendar days; 3) the recovery from bear market lows has historically taken an average of 19 months, but just seven months if not accompanied by recession; and 4) every bear market throughout history has eventually been followed by a new all-time high, and this one could be no different.

Is it Time to Consider More Bonds?

Core bond investors have experienced the worst start to a year ever. However tough this year has been so far (and it has been very tough), the strategists believe the set-up for potential returns has improved meaningfully and that the value proposition for core bonds remains. Liquidity, equity diversification, and total returns are all valuable properties core bonds can bring to diversified portfolios—and each of those value propositions have improved recently. And while the relative attractiveness of equities over fixed income was undeniable when interest rates were hovering around all-time lows, now that interest rates have recently moved higher, the relative attractiveness between the two broad asset classes is much more balanced. So with yields on most fixed income markets moving sharply higher, now could be a good time to revisit fixed income markets.

What to Watch This Week

Key events to watch this week include the Fed minutes from its May 4 policy meeting where investors will be watching for commentary on the global supply chain glut. Markets will also take cues from Friday’s inflation data—the personal consumption expenditure deflator—that the Fed watches closely and may provide clues as to whether the U.S. economy will experience a growth scare or recession. Finally, earnings season winds down this week. Results from retailers will be closely scrutinized following last week’s disappointing results from Target and Walmart.

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