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Weekly Commentaries

Each week the LPL Financial Research team assembles thoughtful insight on market and economic news.

How’s it Going? Depends on Who You Ask | Weekly Market Commentary | May 20, 2024

How’s it Going? Depends on Who You Ask | Weekly Market Commentary | May 20, 2024

Since millions of homeowners refinanced mortgages to extremely low rates a few years ago, the economy is less sensitive to interest rate policy. In fact, the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium sponsored by the Kansas City Federal Reserve in August will debate the effectiveness and transmission of monetary policy because of these post-COVID-19 dynamics, likely revealing important investment implications. 

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Revisiting Energy | Weekly Market Commentary | April 15, 2024

Revisiting Energy | Weekly Market Commentary | April 15, 2024

As the first quarter earnings season kicked off on April 12, expectations for the energy sector were decidedly negative. That low bar has tempted analysts to forecast a series of positive surprises as recent data releases for both the U.S. and China suggest a stronger economic underpinning, and the manufacturing sector appears to have bottomed in both countries. Oil demand — and prices — typically follow rising manufacturing and factory output, while rising consumer sentiment normally portends an increase in air travel, which also requires higher oil allocations.

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