10 Economic Lessons from 2020

January 04, 2021  |  LPL Research
2020 was a unique year, from the longest economic expansion ever to the shortest recession on record. Stock markets are forward-looking, and they want clarity on elections, too. Above all else, 2020 showed our ability to persevere.
 
 

A New Economic Start in 2021

December 21, 2020  |  LPL Research
2020 was a tumultuous year. We likely had the shortest recession ever and began a new economic expansion. Small business and effective COVID-19 vaccines hold the key to continued economic growth in 2021.
 
 

Stocks and Bonds Outlook for 2021

December 14, 2020  |  LPL Research
Stocks and bonds posted strong returns in 2020, and we believe this early-stage bull market may be set for more strong performance in 2021. Opportunities for bond investors may require more patience.



A Positive Outlook for 2021

December 07, 2020  |  LPL Research
As 2020 comes to a close and we look forward to 2021, we take a look at what we can expect in the stock and bond markets, the economy, and a new post-election policy environment in 2021.



COVID-19 may threaten the economic recovery

November 30, 2020  |  LPL Research
Increasing COVID-19 cases in Europe and the United States have brought new restrictions. The stock market doesn’t appear fazed by the recent outbreaks, but underlying economic data is beginning to reflect the latest government and consumer shutdowns.



Frothy Sentiment Rides Bullish Technicals

November 23, 2020  |  LPL Research
The reaction from stocks since the US election has been strong. The S&P 500 Index is up, and small caps have soared. Sentiment could be getting a little frothy as well, which may increase the odds of a pullback.



Is the Earnings Bar Low Enough?

April 20, 2020  |  LPL Research
COVID-19 travel restrictions and lockdowns have impacted corporate earnings results dramatically. As earnings season begins, we believe there will be winners and some challenges, the bar may be set too low, and forecasting has included some guesswork.



Q3 Results Brighten 2021 Picture

November 16, 2020  |  LPL Research
Corporate earnings results were surprisingly good in the third quarter, with 84% of companies beating earnings expectations. Stocks most likely are in a new bull market, potentially supported by a durable economic expansion.



Record GDP on the Eve of the Election

November 02, 2020  |  LPL Research
2020 has been a year of records, including the sharpest rebound in GDP since WWII. Plus, consumer spending rebounded mightily after the second quarter contraction. What does this signal for the election?

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