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Another Look At Election Years

Last week in our LPL Research blog, we took a closer look at how stocks have performed during an election year. We found that since 1940, the S&P 500 Index hasn’t been lower during an election year when an incumbent president has been up for reelection.

Healthy But Manageable Consumer Inflation

Consumer inflationary pressures grew at a healthy, but manageable rate in December 2019.

Don’t Fear the Repo

The fourth quarter is winding down, and investors are getting nervous that volatility in the short-term lending market could flare up once again.

Bringing Markets Into Focus in Outlook 2020

Hindsight is 20/20, but finding clarity in future uncertainty can be fuzzy.

Small Caps Join the Party

It took nearly 15 months, but the Russell 2000 Index finally broke out to a new 52-week high. On November 25, the Russell 2000 gained an impressive 2.1% to close at its highest level since October 2018.

Bulls Stay in Motion

“An object in motion tends to remain in motion along a straight line unless acted upon by an outside force.” Sir Isaac Newton

Light at the End of the Brexit Tunnel

The debate over the United Kingdom’s (U.K.) withdrawal from the European Union (EU), or Brexit, is reaching another milepost in what could be an action-packed week.

Is October Really Scary?

Just like that, the S&P 500 Index fell more than 1% on the first day of October. The rough start has many investors on edge, as October is known for spectacular crashes—specifically 1929, 1987, and 2008.

On the flipside, September 2019 was historically calm for equity markets, as the S&P 500 didn’t fall 1% on a single day the entire month.

With Fed Cut Likely, Markets Gauging Guidance

The Federal Reserve’s (Fed) policy committee starts its sixth two-day policy meeting of the year today. At 2:00 p.m. ET Wednesday, following the meeting’s conclusion, the Fed will announce its rate decision and release a brief policy statement, accompanied by new economic projections. This will be followed by a press conference by Fed Chair Jerome Powell.

Manufacturing Muddles Through

U.S. manufacturing contracted in August for the first time since January 2016 as trade uncertainty continued to weigh on the sector.

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The LPL Financial Registered Representatives associated with this site may only discuss and/or transact securities business with residents of the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Kentucky, North Carolina, Nevada, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington.

There is no guarantee that a diversified portfolio will enhance overall returns or outperform a non-diversified portfolio. Diversification does not protect against market risk.

The Registered Representatives are with and securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a registered investment advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC

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