Presenting the LPL Research Midyear Outlook 2018:
The Plot Thickens, packed with investment insights and market analysis to guide you through all the action we may see in the year ahead.
When we as investors began 2018, we were tuned in to the recent fiscal policy changes that were
expected to propel economic activity and the financial markets higher in the coming year. The
handoff in leadership from monetary policy to fiscal policy was well underway as a driver of
consumer spending, business investment, and corporate profits. Instead of depending on the Federal
Reserve (Fed) to move this expansion forward, fiscal incentives are now critical for continued
growth, with the new tax law taking the lead.
Although we expect continued growth, there is also the potential for greater market sensitivity due
to the late cycle concerns that can emerge when the economy is doing well. So indeed, the plot has
thickened. But that doesn’t mean we’ve taken a turn for the worse. The underlying forces are still
forging ahead and this expansion and bull market have not been defeated. Right now, there are many
positive fundamentals, like business investment and corporate profits, supporting economic growth
and potential market gains.
Armed with the investment insights of LPL Research’s Midyear Outlook 2018, and supported by the
guidance of a trusted financial advisor, we expect investors can remain optimistic about what’s
ahead for their investment portfolios. Read more about our forecasts and key themes to watch in the
full publication. This guidance and investment insight can benefit investors in their search for
long-term success. Download your copy today!
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. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
This research material has been prepared by LPL Financial LLC.
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