Pro Perspectives 3/31/23

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March 31, 2023
The broad stock market finishes the first quarter up 7%.  
As we head into Q2, the Fed is back to expanding the balance sheet again (QE), and the 10-year yield is back down to the mid 3% area.  This is a recipe for a higher earnings multiple on stocks.  
If we look back through the history of QE, and low market rates (a 10-year yield at 3.5% is still low relative to the historical average), the S&P 500 P/E tends to run north of 20
Here’s a look at the history of the past fifteen years, in the multiple-crisis/ liberal-policy-intervention era.

Notably, all along the path, the market undershot on the earnings multiple. 
And here we are again, with a forward P/E on stocks at 17.8 times.  Even with earnings at the dialed down levels, if we apply a P/E of 20x for earnings expected over the next twelve months, we get a price target on the S&P 500 that implies 12% higher (from current levels).
With that, remember, going back to 1950, there has never been a 12-month period, following a midterm election, in which stocks were down.

And the average one-year return, following the eighteen midterm-elections of the past seventy years, was +15% (about double the long-term average return of the S&P 500).
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