What to Expect for Stocks, Interest Rates and Housing This Year

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Reflecting on stock market performance over the last few years reminds me of an expression from the old days when I was a stockbroker: “Bulls make money, bears make money and pigs get slaughtered.”

The S&P 500 stock index advanced 29% in 2019, 16% in 2020 and about 27% in 2021.

Since stocks average about 10% per year, it’s highly unlikely such returns will continue for long. Sooner or later, unless the world changes fundamentally, markets will regress to the mean. In other words, they’ll balance things out with a crummy year or two.

Will 2022 be the year it begins?

One catalyst for lower stock prices could be rising interest rates. Odds are that the Federal Reserve will begin raising rates as early as March 2022. While rate hikes aren’t necessarily devastating for stock prices, they’re not the best thing for them either, particularly for more speculative, less profitable companies.

So does all this negative news mean you should head for the sidelines in 2022?

That’s what this week’s “Money!” podcast is about. We’re going to talk about where things are likely to go this year with stocks, interest rates and housing prices. And not only are we going to attempt some predictions, we’ll be making some recommendations as well.

As usual, my co-host will be financial journalist Miranda Marquit. Listening in and sometimes contributing is producer and novice investor Aaron Freeman.

Sit back, relax and listen to this week’s “Money!” podcast:

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