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Market Outlook 2024

In 2024, we believe markets will make a definitive turn to a more recognizable place. En route, the transition will be marked by meaningful shifts in a few key areas. Inflation is going down. The risk of a recession is bubbling up again as the effect of post-pandemic stimulus wanes. And the end of the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) rate-hiking campaign is indeed upon us.

Where the last two years had investors focused on inflation, market volatility, and striving for a sense of economic balance, we now can expect to see some return to the previous status quo—a less-stringent Fed, normalizing inflation, and a slower growth environment. We’ve seen indications of this reset—receding inflation, rate stabilization, more modest equity market performance, and go-forward economic forecasts that have been dwindling. From our perspective, this turning point for the markets and economic landscape can be characterized as a return to familiar economic and market patterns, leaving behind the volatility of policy and economic swings experienced in recent years, and moving toward a steadier environment.

All of this said it doesn’t mean that 2024 won’t have its surprises or potential challenges. Reflecting on 2023, we certainly experienced our fair share of unexpected events. There was positiveness: The U.S. economy was strong, and the stock market performed relatively well, despite the Fed tightening monetary policy and raising interest rates. On the downside, we faced a regional banking crisis driven by interest rate risk. We saw escalating conflict in the Middle East, reminding us that markets seemingly constantly overcome obstacles.

LPL Research’s Outlook 2024: A Turning Point provides insight and analysis into this year’s opportunities, challenges, and potential surprises. We understand that progressing toward long-term financial goals requires a strong plan and sound advice. The insights in this report and guidance from a financial professional will help position investors to navigate this turning point and work toward achieving their objectives.