The NCAA Basketball tournament has its Sweet 16. So does LPL Research. The LPL Research team has identified 16 key factors for stocks for the remainder of 2018 and assessed their potential implications for the market.
It’s expected that, collectively, these drivers may push stocks higher over the balance of this year.
The Positive, the Negative, and the Mixed
Some of the implications of LPL Research’s Sweet 16 factors are positive, as is the case for US and global economic growth, deregulation, and the stabilization of the US dollar. Others are mixed, including those that could arise from the 2018 midterm elections, inflation, and interest rates. Trade policy stands alone among LPL Research’s Sweet 16 as the only factor with potentially negative implications.
Just as basketballs’ Sweet 16 often involves some historic upsets, epic comebacks, and exciting buzzer beaters, LPL Research notes that some volatility could remain in the 2018 market. Learn more about the commonalities between March Madness and components of the financial services world here.
For a closer look at LPL Research’s Sweet 16 picks for factors affecting the stock market, download Will This 16 Be Sweet?