By Scott Poore, AIF, AWMA, APMA
Chief Investment Officer, Eudaimonia Group
Markets finished the year with another consecutive weekly win. Equities have moved higher for 9 consecutive weeks, which is the longest win streak since October of 2017. Despite the record run, there are still doubters that think we are not in a new bull market phase. If we look beyond the U.S., 21 of the 24 developed nations in the MSCI saw their stock exchanges move higher in 2023, with 14 of those markets higher by double-digits. Monthly flows to the S&P 500 ETF in December were the highest since the ETF was launched in 1993.
While there are certainly some headwinds going into 2024, there are fundamental and technical reasons that point to a 2nd possible strong year for equities. On the fundamental front, we’re not seeing some of the excesses we witnessed in 2000 or 2007 prior to those recessions. Corporate free cash flow is above trend, unlike in ‘00 & ‘07. Margin Debt, borrowed capital used by investors to purchase investments, is well below the long-term trend, unlike in ‘00 & ‘07. On the technical side, when November & December are up more than 10%, the market is higher the following year 100% of the time. When the S&P 500 has gone more than a year without making an all-time high, markets were higher a year later 92% of the time.
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