We just experienced the stock market’s worst quarter since the COVID-19 pandemic started. But is there finally some relief on the horizon?
While the market does appear to be trending up in the past couple of weeks, it’s impossible to say that it will be smooth sailing from here. The best you can do as you manage your investment portfolio this month is to consider three major themes that will likely affect the market in April.
1. The stock market will calm down a bit in April
The first quarter was kinda crazy, but a much-needed breather could be in the cards for April. Inflation and monetary policy were in focus over the past few months, as the Federal Reserve communicated a plan for aggressive interest rate hikes to combat rising prices across the economy. Geopolitical issues and the Russia-Ukraine war also caused serious volatility in the commodity and stock markets. We also had fourth-quarter earnings season, which revealed strong overall performance paired with a less inspiring outlook for the full year.
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Last quarter, uncertainty hung over a stock market with historically high valuation, which fueled volatility. The CBOE S&P 500 Volatility Index hit 52-week highs in the early part of the month. Many of the past …….