After nearly 10 years of witnessing the U.S. economy and stock market recover—and thrive—investors are starting to wonder if you’ve seen all the expansion this bull market has to offer.

At LPL Research, we believe there’s more room to run, thanks to strong corporate profits and continued fiscal stimulus, in the form of:

  • Government spending
  • Reduced regulation, and
  • Lower taxes.

Why We’re Forecasting Positive Returns

Our conviction in the fundamentals supporting the economy and corporate profits is driving our forecasts for gross domestic product growth and positive Domestic Stock Market returns.

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Yet, many positive fundamentals could be pressured by threatening issues such as trade, monetary policy, or global politics. As a result, we do expect to see more volatility, and continue to encourage suitable investors to embrace that volatility for its potential opportunities rather than fear it.

By managing our emotions and staying in tune with market signals, you can position yourselves for any market environment.

Looking Ahead: The Next Phase for Markets and Economy

Although our Outlook 2019 remains positive, we may be nearing the end of the cycle. Thus, now is a good time to start thinking about what the next phase for the economy and markets may look like.

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The intention here is not to start worrying or assuming the worst, but to remind yourself that slowdowns and declines are a normal part of the market cycle. And even more importantly, if we’re prepared for any downturns, we can be better positioned to weather any challenges that may be ahead.

That’s where FUNDAMENTAL: How to Focus on What Really Matters in the Markets comes in—because we could all use a handy guide when it comes to this market environment. And at LPL Research, we want make sure you’re prepared for what may be around the corner, or further down the line, and help you through it all.

The economic forecasts set forth in this material may not develop as predicted. Investing involves risks including possible loss of principal.