ICFiles
SOC 2

CPA Website Content

Secure File Transfer Soc 2 starts at $1 per month

Join Us

 

 
Financial Calculators
Financial Calculators
 
Federal Tax Links
Federal Tax Links
 
Financial Terms Glossary
Financial Terms Glossary
 
Cartoon of the Month
Cartoon of the Month
 

Stock Market: Optimism Despite a Bumpy Start

Stock Market News

February 2016

Buy

Stock Market: Optimism Despite a Bumpy Start

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” These are words that might reflect many investors’ opinions at the beginning of the year, when we saw a stock market sell-off that sent the Dow plummeting and oil prices hit below $27 per barrel for the first time since 2003. The roller-coaster ride on Wall Street mirrored stock market performances worldwide as European exchanges tanked, Japanese stocks declined, and China’s slowdown cast shadows worldwide. By the end of the month, despite continuing dips and dives on the exchanges, investment experts were pointing to positive indicators and urging investors to avoid knee-jerk reactions. Here’s an overview of key talking points and current opinions.

  • No return to recession. The U.S. economy does not operate in isolation from the rest of the world. However, that doesn’t mean China’s misfortunes will drag the United States back into a recession. China’s major market dive occurred last summer and the majority of the impact of that development already has been absorbed into U.S. stock prices. Many investment experts urge investors to recognize the positive economic drivers that are currently at play in the United States – including cheaper oil and low interest rates. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen has noted that the Fed doesn’t believe another recession is on the horizon, citing strong job growth and healthy economic expansion as significant factors. Surveys indicate that companies are planning to raise workers’ wages this year, providing consumers with further encouragement to keep spending. Bottom line: the stock market rarely leads the economy into a recession – tanking economic factors usually are the catalyst.
  • Will the positive outlook for consumer spending and wage hikes keep the economy growing? Some experts have been quick to tie the U.S. markets’ decline to the dip in oil prices, which have fallen significantly (almost one-fourth of what they were only six months ago). While it is true that energy company stocks are down and oil industry workers have been let go, cheaper energy and heating costs means consumers have more to spend. Lower gasoline and heating oil costs also mean that companies are seeing lower operating costs, which translate into more hiring and/or higher wages. Optimists believe these changes outweigh the downward spiral in the oil sector. Yet conflicting views abound. Some analysts believe that because the United States has shifted from a net consuming nation to a major producer of oil, that lower prices will have a greater impact on the markets than they have had historically.
  • Is a Bear Market on the horizon? Any time there is growing volatility in the stock market, pessimists start to predict the current bull market’s demise. The reality is that by May 2016, this bull market will be the second-longest in history. While that doesn’t automatically mean we are overdue for a bear market, it should prepare investors to expect some volatility ahead. In such a climate, investment advisors often counsel risk-adverse clients to stick with the tried and true – companies that offer a solid long-term track record and reward patient investors.

The above is general commentary only and is not intended to replace the professional advice of tax and investment advisors.

Buy

 

These articles are intended to provide general resources for the tax and accounting needs of small businesses and individuals. Service2Client LLC is the author, but is not engaged in rendering specific legal, accounting, financial or professional advice. Service2Client LLC makes no representation that the recommendations of Service2Client LLC will achieve any result. The NSAD has not reviewed any of the Service2Client LLC content. Readers are encouraged to contact their CPA regarding the topics in these articles.

Protected by Copyscape Plagiarism Finder

Dynamic Content Powered by Service2client.com
SEO Content Powered by DynamicPost.net

ICFiles
SOC 2

CPA Website Content

Secure File Transfer Soc 2 starts at $1 per month

Join Us

 

CPA Website Content

 
 
Financial Calculators
Financial Calculators
 
Federal Tax Links
Federal Tax Links
 
Financial Terms Glossary
Financial Terms Glossary
 
Cartoon of the Month
Cartoon of the Month
 
websites for cpas

MyWeb, WordPress Joomla, Drupal
1 Click Hosting
Install free themes

websites for cpas

Click

 
Tax Calendar
Tax Calendar
 
State Tax Links
State Tax Links
 
Track your Refund
Track your Refund
 
Library Articles
Library Articles
 
 
 

CLOSE