What should investors prioritize in the “worst environment” for financial assets? – The Average Joe

    What should investors prioritize in the “worst environment” for financial assets?

    Victor Lei — Head of Research

    May 3, 2022

    S&P 500

    May 3, 2022

    2022 hasn’t been easy on investor portfolios. Instead of chasing returns, investors could fare better by shifting their strategies…

    What’s the big deal? “You can’t think of a worse environment than where we are right now for financial assets,” — according to Paul Tudor Jones (CNBC). His advice: Capital preservation should be investors’ priority.

    Several analysts seem to agree — forecasting darker days for the S&P 500 (BBG):

    • Strategas Research Partners expects the S&P 500 to fall to the 3500-3700 range.
    • Morgan Stanley’s Chief Investment Officer, Mike Wilson, thinks the S&P 500 could fall to 3,460.

    According to analysts (BBG), the markets still have further room to fall if a recession is on the table:

    • JC O’Hara of MKM Partners doesn’t see the markets oversold to make a “high conviction ‘buy’ call” — and thinks stocks are still overvalued based on recession level valuations.
    • A DataTrek Research co-founder thinks the S&P 500 would be cheap if it falls another 20% and doesn’t think global equities have bottomed.

    Bull case: But eventually, that pessimism could turn into opportunities. Robert Armstrong laid out several bull cases in his recent article. Here are two:

    1/ Sentiment can’t get worse. Per last week’s American Association of Individual Investors survey, 59% say they were bearish over the next 6 months — the highest level since 2009.

    Per Armstrong, the last time sentiment was this bad, it was a “great moment to buy stocks.”

    2/ Inflation backs off, and the Fed follows.

    Raising rates by 0.25% instead of 0.50% would help ease recession fears. But to do that, the market will either need to crash — or supply and labor shortages ease.

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