Hey there, besties! Today, we’re going to dive into the world of stocks and investments. Hold on tight because I’ve got some juicy insights for you.
The One-Two Punch that Could Impact Stocks
Our trusted expert, Carl Farmer, Vice President and Portfolio Manager at AltRockland Trust, believes that the Federal Reserve (Fed) still has more tricks up its sleeve. He agrees with previous guest opinions that 2023 earnings estimates might still be too high, and interest rates are not reflecting the full picture.
While many people focus on inflation, Carl reminds us that even if inflation has peaked, interest rates may not decline anytime soon. The Fed’s long-term inflation target of close to 2% combined with the 1% to 2% real yield premium without Fed intervention brings interest rates closer to 3 or 4%. So, a pause in rate hikes does not mean a rate cut.
The Impact on the Equity Market
Carl also sheds light on the relationship between the equity market and the bond market. If you’re looking at future cash flows, you need to consider more than just the temporary bumps in reports to see the index move higher. Confidence levels may take until next year to peak. But fear not, my friends! Carl suggests that this could be a great time for stock pickers to find relative value and potentially make some gains.
Where Can I Make Money?
Now, let’s address the burning question on everyone’s minds: How can we make money in this challenging market? Carl has some suggestions for you.
For those who have been disappointed with the returns on fixed-income investments, there’s good news. With inflation pushing up interest rates, you can now earn better returns from short-term bond investments. You could potentially earn more than the 0.90% to 1.20% returns you were seeing just a few months ago.
As for stocks, Carl mentions a few that caught his eye. West Pharmaceutical Services offers injectable therapeutics, an industry with great potential. There’s also an online vehicle auction platform and remarketing service that connects buyers and sellers, creating a strong network effect. And for the brave souls out there, Carl suggests looking into Meta, formerly known as Facebook. Despite recent drops, Meta still possesses the most widely used social application in the world, and the transition from traditional marketing to digital is far from over.
Before we wrap up, let’s take a quick peek at the market update. Today, we’re experiencing session highs across all major averages. This is notable because recent Fridays haven’t been as strong. The Dow is up 66 points, and the NASDAQ is up 2%. Every sector in the S&P is in the green.
Well, my dear besties, we’ve covered a lot today. Remember, the Fed’s actions and interest rates can have a significant impact on stocks. It’s essential to look past temporary market fluctuations and consider long-term trends. And while investing may feel challenging right now, opportunities exist in both short-term bonds and carefully selected stocks.
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