We have just experienced a major market rout. Stocks are off over 5% in the last two days, largely because of almost esoteric worries about rising rates. The big question for investors is “where do we go from here?”. Well the Financial Times has tried to answer the question, and their answer is pretty simple—higher. The paper thinks this tumult will prove short-lived as they contend that it is really recession that ends bull markets, and the US isn’t anywhere near one right now. They suspect corporate earnings will come in strong in the next month and right the market ship.
FINSUM: We agree that this seems like the most likely outcome of the current rout, especially given the strength of the economy. However, we do have an outside worry that investors’ minds are finally changing about the risk/reward of stocks given rising rates and a toppy-looking economy.