Live Sessions

Market Update: Nov 12 2020

  • Tech Stocks
  • Presidential Election
  • Market Expectations

Here is a recap of our live Q&A session held on 11/12/20 presented by Joe Randazzo JD, CFP® from FNA Wealth Management and Dave Stone CPA, CFP® from Tartan Wealth Management.

Details for our next session, 11/19/20, can be found here. Please note the time change to 4:00 pm.

What sectors of the market do you expect to lead the market moving forward?

  • As we have discussed since March, technology and growth stocks have led the market over value-oriented and other areas of the market. We believe that tech is due for a pullback and we should see other areas lead the market in the coming weeks.
  • We believe that the following sectors may replace technology as the market leaders:
    • Value-oriented stocks – Financials and energy stocks typically do well during the 90 days leading up to an election.
    • International stocks – International stocks have been underwhelming over the last couple of years relative to US stocks. We think this could change as there are many countries who have not seen the severity of the economic distress that the US has and recovery will be potentially be easier and faster. A weak US dollar can be a good backdrop for investing internationally.

What has driven the stock market since the election and what are the expectations for next 12 months?

The market has rallied since the election with tech leading last week and value stocks leading this week.

  1. It appears the market is relieved that there will not be a prolonged election and it is unlikely that Trump can overturn the results in the swing states he lost. This should provide more certainty in what to expect in the next 12 months and longer.
  2. It appears that the Republicans will maintain majority in the Senate. This will make it more difficult and unlikely that many of the tax increases will be enacted with a split Congress. This should benefit corporate earnings and thus the stock market.
  3. The market expects Biden to be a centrist on China trade thus lowering potential volatility.
  4. The recent news on a potential vaccine may be the game changer that we have been discussing. An effective vaccine may bring the economy back much faster and help drive the market higher.
  5. We expect a rotation from growth stocks to value, small cap, and international stocks.

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