LPL Research Midyear Outlook Releases Today

The wait is over—later this afternoon we will release our Midyear Outlook 2016 publication. With the S&P 500 closing at its first all-time high in over a year yesterday, the timing couldn’t be better. Coming into 2016 we expected a volatile year; but we were looking for routine year-end results in stocks, bonds, and the economy, and we knew it would be anything but routine getting there.

Well, 2016 started off with the largest drop ever for the S&P 500 after 28 trading days, down 10.5%, only to reverse course and close higher for the first quarter—a feat not seen since the Great Depression. Oil crashed and was down 30% for the year at its lows in February, only to subsequently rebound and close the second quarter up 30% for 2016. The massive rebound includes an 85% bounce off of the February lows. Commodities in general have seen a huge bounce this year, after lagging for much of the past five years. Yields have surprised nearly everyone and continue to sink lower, pushing Treasuries, real estate investment trusts (REIT), telecom, and utilities all much higher. And, who could forget the S&P 500 opening 3% lower than its prior close on June 24? That was thanks to the United Kingdom voting 52% to 48% to leave the European Union.

What do we see for the rest of 2016? We can’t give it away now—you’ll have to wait a few more hours. Some topics we tackle include: the path for future Federal Reserve (Fed) hike rates, potential international opportunities, second half growth prospects for the U.S. economy and corporate America, and a special focus on oil, the dollar, and earnings. Lastly, probably the most important question we’ve heard this year is: “What does the upcoming election mean for my investments?” We have done extensive research on this very subject and will share our insights for the upcoming election.

This has been a volatile year and we don’t expect that to change, but the good news is that the second longest bull market ever could still have some legs. With the LPL Research Midyear Outlook 2016, you will be armed with insight and guidance for what my lie ahead for the rest of 2016.

 

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