July 10, 2022
I hope all you are having a nice summer, and you are healthy and happy. At this time, there are so many global disruptions that are affecting markets simultaneously. If you look at history, daily markets are affected by short-term disruptions. Which is why being a Financial Advisor for as long as I have and watching the many disruptions that cause short-term spikes and dips, you tend to try to keep clients calm and remind them that “this too shall pass” and to stay the course on their long-term objectives.
My goal is to reassure everyone that the market over the LONG-TERM has done very well, but some years including this current year markets can go down. According to CNBC, 2022 has had the worst stock market year since 1970 and the worst Government Bond market since the 1860s. Since 1970 the market according to stockcharts.com has averaged over 10.46% per year, but in some years the markets drop, sometimes stocks and bonds drop, but it is normal. I can only advise you with the almost 42 years of being a financial advisor, out of fear people tend to panic and sell at bottoms and buy at the top.
How do financially independent people make money in the markets? They buy investments when no one else wants them, they are sticking to their long-term goals. When things are relatively cheap, they start accumulating good long-term investments, only.
So many stocks are down 40-80%, but if the companies are good and strong then they might a good investment when things turn around and they should be in my opinion over the next year. The main reason I write the Bartometer, is to keep you abreast of how best to navigate through market trends.
Most of 2021, last year I was saying do not buy, the markets are too overvalued and take some money off the table.
Current Market Trends:
Right now, I am saying to nibble and dollar cost average over the next 6 months to a year as I think you will be getting much better prices. If you are putting money in your 401(k) you may want to double up your investments for a while. This decline will pass in my opinion. You make money in the Bull Markets by Buying in the Bear Markets unless you are a trader.
The markets are still down 18-32% or more for the year and even Energy stocks were the biggest losers over the last month dropping about 18% over the last 30 days. Most of you have seen a decline in gas prices recently. Inflationary pressures are starting to subside somewhat. This is good news.
Last month on the Bartometer you all have I said the S&P 500 could drop to the 3500 to 3650 level and that could be a short term low or a good place to buy a little and the S&P 500 went to 3620 and rebounded, currently:
• S&P 500 is over 3900 again and the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates one or 2 more times based on the data that is coming out.
• Job numbers just came out and they were better than expected so rates will probably go higher but there is talk now that the economy may not go into a hard recession but a soft landing.
If that is true, then the markets may not go as low as the Doomsday Sayers” of 2500 on the S&P 500. There are points where investors are looking for a turnaround in the market. So, if we are in a soft-landing scenario, and that is a big IF, we MAY have another 10+ percent down in the market to the 3200 to 3500 area but only if earnings are going to fall or are revised down significantly. For most of you the upside could be 4200 this year and from this point it could go down to 3200 to 3500 if earnings drop. But I am hopeful that over the next year or so the markets are up, and we get inflation under control and earnings turnaround. I think any dip of the S&P 500 to the 3200 to the 3500 could be major buying opportunity. I can’t guarantee it as it depends on data. Short term I see 3200 to 3500 as a possible short term low and 4200 on the upside if earnings are not revised down and rates stop going up.
Next year I see the market going higher because I see earnings rebounding and interest rates subsiding. THINK LONG TERM.
Some of the INDEXES of the markets both equities and interest rates are below. The source is Morningstar.com up until July 08, 2022. These are passive indexes.
Stocks moved higher this week with the major indexes up 2% to 5%. The S&P500 was up 2%, while the Nasdaq gained 5%. Economic news was mixed, as were business surveys, which gave conflicting signals on the strength of the economy. Positively, longer-term interest rates have remained relatively stable and inflationary expectations as measured with the 10-year T-Note continued to trend down. They were recently 2.3%, down from 2¾% a month ago. Another positive, the S&P500 and the Nasdaq moved above two key areas of resistance (the 10- and 21-day averages). A negative, the stock market gains all came on very light trading volume. In a healthy stock market, upward moves occur on strong volume.
My Epoch Times article on shortages highlights the government’s role in preventing businesses from getting goods to consumers. Another such government move comes from a California law directed against independent truckers and other independent contractors. If enforced, tens of thousands of independent truckers will not be able to operate in CA. This increases the potential for damage to CA and for more shortages throughout the country damaging the supply chain.
While the rally in stock prices provides some relief, stocks are 26% overvalued. With the Fed promising to sell securities and raise interest rates, the risks to owning stocks remains extremely high.
A Look Back Today’s job report shows strong gains for June. Private payroll jobs increased 381,000, a 3.6% annual rate. Total weekly hours worked and average weekly earnings increased at annual rates of 4% and 6%. Unemployment remained 3.6%.
This is a reduction of his stock allocation.
Dr Robert Genetski, American Strategic Advisors and LPL Financial are not affiliated. The opinions expressed in this material do necessarily reflect the views of LPL Financial.
SUPPORT AND RESISTANCE LEVELS ON THE S&P 500
RESISTANCE 3920 TO 3960 (RIGHT WHERE WE CLOSED FRIDAY) then 4178,4224 and 4322
SUPPORT 3645, 3506 the 50% Fibonacci Retracement, 3195 the 61.8% Fibonacci Retracement. These are areas not exact numbers
• The market has had one of the worst years in 50 years in a long time dropping 18-50% The cause?? Overvaluation, Higher Interest rates, INFLATION, Recessionary pressures, Covid and the Russian War and China.
• Interest rates are rising and could rise 1 to 3 more times. At that time if interest rates peak because inflation is peaking then stocks and regular bonds may be a worthwhile investment.
• In addition, stocks with pricing power and with good consistent earnings can do better than aggressive companies that have potential but no earnings.
• Commodities have sold off somewhat leading me to believe that the Federal Reserve may not raise interest rates substantially from here.
• The market is at an inflection point where normally it would top as it is at resistance right now and will either push through short term resistance or sell off here.
I am still long term bullish on equities, but the short term could get very volatile over the next 2 to 4 months. The upside might be 4178 to 4400 on the S&P 500, but I would consider selling some if it goes there over the next 2 months but the downside could be the 3650 level or lower possibly to the 3500 level if we go into a soft recession then the 3180 to 3200 is possible if the recession is steeper. At that point the markets could be a great buying opportunity. This is predicated on the actions of the Federal Reserve. I will continue to do my analysis and inform you when a bottom looks imminent.
The Best to all of you,
Joe Bartosiewicz, CFP®
LPL Investment Advisor Representative
Joe Bartosiewicz, CFP®
Partner Wealth Manager
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