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2021 Midyear Market Outlook Update

  • Investors face new challenges due to forecasts for slower growth and the likelihood that interest rates will rise (but remain historically low).
  • Considering quality, size, and credit exposures may help investors reposition portfolios as the growth tailwinds enjoyed in 2021 may not be the driving force in future returns.  
Chief Investment Strategist
Head of SPDR Americas Research

As the days grow shorter in between earnings seasons, a host of risks that investors ignored all summer due to strong earnings have come into focus — the surging Delta variant, dysfunction in DC, questions about the Biden administration's fiscal policy agenda and the Evergrande crisis. Plus, the Federal Reserve has signaled it could begin tightening monetary policy. With worries mounting, the S&P 500 Index suffered its first decline in seven months in September.1

Michael Arone, CFA, Chief Investment Strategist, US SPDR Business and Matthew Bartolini, CFA, Head of SPDR Americas Research sit down to discuss the latest market dynamics impacting the recovery and strategies for positioning portfolios amid concerns about the future sustainability of both earnings and the economy.