Outlook 2021: Powering Forward

Outlook 2021: Powering Forward

December 09, 2020

As 2020 comes to a close, we are already looking forward to a new year—and to a world very different from the one we’re leaving behind. Areas of the economy have been damaged and may never fully recover, but other areas will adapt, reinvent, and help reinvigorate growth. 

December also brings LPL Research’s annual market outlook Outlook 2021: Powering Forward, which reviews what happened in 2020 and what to expect in 2021. It covers stocks and bonds, the economy, and a post-election policy environment built on new challenges, new opportunities, and new politics. 

2021 is primed to deliver advances to further limit the impact of COVID-19, and the goal remains keeping the economy as open as possible while keeping people safe. Continued progress in the response to COVID-19, including further stimulus measures by the government, will be key to sustaining the economic recovery. As the pandemic subsides, restrictions are lifted, and consumers’ daily lives return to something close to normal, the pace of the recovery most likely will pick up speed—probably in the middle of 2021. 

Another major milestone will be moving past the market uncertainty caused by presidential elections. Historically, the post-election environment has been positive for the stock market. S&P 500 Index returns have been strongest with a divided Congress—one party controlling the House of Representatives and the other party controlling the Senate. A split Congress with President-elect Joe Biden in the White House could be viewed as friendly to the markets. 

In order to access the interactive outlook, simply click the link to the right, or copy and paste into your browser :       http://view.ceros.com/lpl/outlook-2021    

Once you have accessed the interactive Outlook 2021 website, you can then download a .PDF version by clicking the "Download" button in the top right corner of the website.

We hope you enjoy this interactive outlook from LPL Research. Feel free to contact us with any questions or comments.

All the Best,

Viceroy Wealth Counsel