2022 outlook: Less is more

Over the past year, equity markets indulged on excess GDP growth, corporate profits and monetary stimulus, paving the way for a steady string of record highs and exceptional returns. We believe 2022 is set up for more economic growth, but at a more modest pace.

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2022 will be a year of moderation, in our view, with the economy and corporate earnings expanding again, but at a more modest pace, while monetary stimulus dials back amid a transition toward higher interest rates. The good news is we think less is more in the year ahead: Fewer extraordinary growth levels and Fed liquidity can still support more bull market gains, accompanied by more volatility along the way.

10 key views for 2022

Actions to consider in 2022

The next phase of the reopening is likely to bring more modest returns and higher volatility, offering opportunities for disciplined investors. We recommend neutral allocations to equities and fixed income, aligned with our strategic (long-term) asset allocation targets of your investment strategy.

We favor economically sensitive international stock asset classes, such as emerging-market stocks and international small- and mid-cap stocks, over large-cap stocks. As interest rates glide higher in the coming months, we believe investors should overweight U.S. investment-grade bonds, which offer higher yields and lower interest rate sensitivity than international bonds.

Our opportunistic (short-term) asset allocation guidance can help you take advantage of opportunities in today’s market without deviating too far from your long-term investment strategy.

Reach out to an Edward Jones financial advisor today if you’d like to discuss your financial strategies in 2022.

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