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Markets and Economy

2024 Outlook: Equities

By Jason Herried | Johnson Financial Group • February 02, 2024

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In our quarterly Economic & Market Outlook, we reviewed 2023 market drivers and provided summary 2024 outlooks for stocks, bonds and alternative investments. We’ll now provide additional detail on our views about 2024—starting this week with equity markets.

2023 Review

First, let’s summarize where we’re starting. As a whole, 2023 turned out to be a much better year for the economy and stock market thanks to a fourth quarter rally triggered by a one percentage-point decline in key interest rates. In the end, investor caution proved unnecessary as the pace of economic growth was solid (whereas recession seemed likely when the year began). In addition, inflation moderated, which allowed the Fed to signal in November that it had likely made its last rate increase for this cycle.

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