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2019 Market Insights & Predictions from LPL Research

| December 21, 2018
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This just in from LPL Research:

Outlook 2019: FUNDAMENTAL: How to Focus on What Really Matters in the Markets

LPL Research believes the following three themes will be key to the markets in 2019: 

  • Sustaining growth via fiscal policy. We expect the ongoing impact of fiscal stimulus
    will be readily apparent in 2019 and that policy will continue to play an important role for
    the economy and financial markets—potentially extending the duration of the current
    business cycle.
  • Creating opportunity amid rising volatility. We believe any bouts of market volatility
    should be embraced—not feared—by suitable investors as an opportunity to rebalance
    portfolios toward targeted allocations.
  • Fundamentals in focus. This economic and market cycle may have more room to run,
    driven by the fundamentals supporting economic growth and strong corporate profits.
    Depending on the measures, we believe this cycle may prove to be the longest in
    history. Risks such as trade uncertainty, slowing global growth, and geopolitics do
    require careful monitoring, however, for their potential impact on the markets and
    economy.

“We do not anticipate a recession in 2019, thanks to the fundamentally driven economic
momentum, combined with fiscal incentives and government spending programs on tap for the
coming year,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Strategist John Lynch. “We
encourage investors, where appropriate, to base any investment decisions on the fundamentals
rather than acting on speculative headlines, especially as the cycle matures and the 2020
presidential election now comes into increased focus.”

Armed with the investment insights of LPL Research’s Outlook 2019, and supported by the
guidance of a trusted financial advisor, we expect investors can remain prepared for investment
opportunities ahead. Read more about our forecasts and key themes in the full publication

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURES

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide or be construed as providing specific investment advice or recommendations for any individual security. The economic forecasts set forth in the presentation may not develop as predicted. Rebalancing a portfolio may cause investors to incur tax liabilities and/or transaction costs and does not assure a profit or protect against a loss. 

This research material has been prepared by LPL Financial LLC.

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