Monthly Market UpdateSubmitted by Texas Legacy Wealth Management on September 1st, 2021
August was another steady month for stocks with the S&P 500 closing higher for the 7th month in a row and finishing up about 3%. (YCharts) The S&P 500 doubled from the Covid bottom in March of 2020, we consider this a major milestone as this is the fastest the S&P 500 has rallied 100% from the market lows since World War II. (LPL Financial)
While many investors have questioned the durability of this market rally, we believe that the sharp economic recovery, accommodative monetary and fiscal policy, and strong corporate earnings have justified this move higher.
One of the most significant catalysts for the market over the last 18 months has been support from the Federal Reserve. The Fed’s accommodative policies have provided a strong tailwind. Recent economic strength and inflationary pressures could lead the Fed to shift to a less supportive role. Changes in Fed policy could be a catalyst for some stock market volatility which we haven’t seen much of this year. We’ll be closely watching upcoming FOMC meetings for policy changes, with a particular eye on the following:
- Tapering: the Fed is currently buying $120 billion in bonds each month. We believe the recent economic improvement will cause the Fed to announce a plan to reduce, and eventually eliminate, these purchases in the months to come.
- Interest Rates: while slowing the pace of bond purchases is expected to be the first adjustment, the decision to raise interest rates is another key Fed tool. For now, the Fed isn’t expected to raise rates until late 2022 or 2023. (CME Fed Watch Tool)
While it’s likely the Fed will take its foot off the gas in the months and years to come, we would note that tapering is not tightening, and the Fed is likely to remain in an accommodative stance at this time. We continue to expect positive returns for stocks over the next 9-12 months as we see very few signs of a recession on the horizon; although, the potential for some volatility serves as a reminder that investors should ensure their asset allocation is in line with their long-term plan. We will continue to keep you updated on any changes to our outlook and will be ready to make changes to portfolios as needed.
Your Team at TLWM
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