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"Equities to Perform Poorly" says Fed

Actually, they said it back in 2011. Here it is. Since then, the S&P 500 has risen 130% in price terms and by 162% with dividends. Here it is:

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It’s not that we’re making fun of the Fed. We would never do that. But it shows that making stock market predictions can trip up even the sharpest and most objective minds.

The Fed made the reasonable argument that stock markets returns were driven by multiple expansion (basically more expensive) and that was driven by demography (a larger population buying stocks).

This is true but stocks are driven by many variables including the price of risk-free assets, earnings, demand, dividends, valuations, cash flow and about another 100 we could think of and more beyond that.

Right now, we think stocks are somewhat expensive but well supported by earnings and the synchronized growth in the U.S. and overseas. It’s enough to keep us confident.

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