LPL Research has announced the release of Midyear Outlook 2021: Picking Up Speed.
While the speed can be exhilarating as economic growth accelerates, it can also be dangerous. LPL's updated outlook is designed to help you navigate the risks and opportunities brought on by the economy’s reopening for the rest of 2021 and beyond. View the interactive digital version here. The highlights in the report include:
- Economy: Speeding Up. The country has reopened and there is still plenty of momentum to extend above-average growth into 2022. LPL Research forecasts 6.25 to 6.75 percent U.S. real gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2021, which would be the best year in decades.
- Policy: Taking a Backseat. The economy was supported through the pandemic by more than $5 trillion in stimulus measures and extraordinary support by the Federal Reserve. Policy will take a back seat in the second half of 2021 as private sector growth replaces stimulus checks.
- Stocks: Gaining Ground. Economic improvement should continue to support S&P 500 Index earnings, which had a stunning first quarter. While valuations remain somewhat elevated, LPL Research thinks they look reasonable after considering still low interest rates and earnings growth potential.
- Bonds: Safety Features. Inflationary pressure and economic improvement may put additional upward force on the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield. LPL Research anticipates the 10-year yield finishing 2021 in the range of 1.75 to 2 percent.
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