On the Correlation between Recessions and U.S. Equity Market Performance

Equity markets tend to perform well when the economy is in expansion mode. Similarly when the economy is in recessions markets decline. While in the long-term stocks have gone up that is not the case in the short term as measured by a few months or years. For instance, US equity markets plunged substantially over many months during the great recession of the Global Financial Crisis of 2008-2009. The following chart shows that equity markets in bear market mode is highly to economic recessions:

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Source: What is a recession? Are we in one?, RBC Global Asset Management

The S&P 500 is up over 10% YTD. However it has fallen in the past few months as fears of a recession continue to linger over investors’ minds. Should recession occur later this year or next year, equity markets can be expected to fall accordingly.

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