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Weekly Market Commentary

Markets on Watch as Xi Jinping’s Influence to be Tested in October

October 3, 2022   |   LPL Research
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On October 16, China will begin its 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing. This plenum is especially significant because it is expected that President Xi Jinping will be granted an unprecedented third term, something that he set in motion in 2018 when term limits were abolished. 

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Why It May Be Time to Take Advantage of Higher Yields

September 26, 2022   |   LPL Research
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The LPL Research Strategic and Tactical Asset Allocation Committee is increasing its recommended interest rate exposure in its tactical allocation from underweight to neutral.

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How Much Higher Can Rates Go?

September 19, 2022   |   LPL Research
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Inflationary dynamics continue to surprise to the upside, and markets now expect the Fed to pursue one of its most aggressive rate hiking campaign in years. U.S. Treasury yields continue to move higher as well.

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Getting Jobs Market Back into Balance

September 12, 2022   |   LPL Research
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Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell reiterated his warning that getting inflation under control will require some pain.

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September’s Calendar Cruelty for Stocks

September 6, 2022   |   LPL Research
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The difficult 2022 for stocks may not get much easier because as we now wait for better news on the inflation front, we have to contend with a seasonally weak month of September. 

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Earnings Recap: Still Hanging In There 

August 29, 2022   |   LPL Research
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Earnings growth of 6-7% doesn’t sound very exciting, but given the challenges corporate America has faced, we consider the nearly-complete second quarter earnings season a resounding success.

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Home Sales Fall (Again). What's Next?

August 22, 2022   |   LPL Research
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Existing home sales fell 5.9% in July, the sixth consecutive month of declines as higher interest rates weigh on housing affordability and prospective buyers.

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Is This the Start of a New Bull Market?

August 15, 2022   |   LPL Research
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Investors cheered the two better-than-expected inflation reports last week, pushing the S&P 500 to 16% above its June 16 low and only 11% below its all-time high.

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The Case for a U.S. Recession Weakens

August 8, 2022   |   LPL Research
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The market pundits remain intensely focused on the question of whether the U.S. economy is in or about to enter recession, so we thought a piece on what a recession might mean for the stock market would be of interest.

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What a Week for the Stock Market

August 1, 2022   |   LPL Research
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That was quite a week. These days a Federal Reserve (Fed) policy meeting alone gets a lot of headlines and has market participants on the edge of their seats.  

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3 Factors That Could Change the Inflation Course

July 25, 2022   |   LPL Research
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For the past year, supply-related problems contributed more to inflation than demand-related imbalances, but that may be changing soon. 

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Managing Market Volatility

July 18, 2022   |   LPL Research
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Markets rarely give us clear skies, and there are always threats to watch for on the horizon, but the right preparation, context, and support can help us navigate anything that may lie ahead.

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Constructive, Not Complacent: Lowering S&P 500 Target

July 5, 2022   |   LPL Research
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Stocks have been unable to make up much ground since the June 16 lows, with a bear market rally amounting to only around a 4.3% gain in the S&P 500 Index since then (as of July 1).

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Relief at the Pump and for Portfolios?

June 27, 2022   |   LPL Research
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2022 has been rough all-around for the American consumer. Not only are we battling decades-high inflation, but investors’ portfolios are off to one of the worst starts to a year in history as we near the halfway point. .

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Bear Market Q&A

June 21, 2022   |   LPL Research
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The bear market that started on June 13 has left the S&P 500 Index 23.5% below its January 3 high. After the initial positive reaction to the Federal Reserve’s first 0.75% rate hike since 1994 and tough talk on inflation, heightened fears of recession and that the Fed might “break something” sent stocks down for the 10th week out of 11 for only the second time in history (The first was in 1970).

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Is the 60/40 Portfolio Dead?

June 13, 2022   |   LPL Research
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This year has been tough for investors, not just because stocks have fallen but also because bonds have not helped mitigate those losses as they have historically done.

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