Macro Minutes: Sentiment and the Market

In January’s Macro Minutes video, Davis Hein explains how we use one particular aspect of sentiment – other professional’s forecasts – to create a sentiment bell curve which proves useful as we create our own equity market forecasts for 2021.

Key Points

  • A sentiment bell curve helps us better understand what expectations are priced into the markets.
  • For 2021, the majority of analysts predict US markets will increase between 1% and 9%, with a median forecast for a 6.5% increase in the S&P 500.
  • Our research shows that markets often discount investor’s expectations and calendar year returns rarely align with professional forecasts.


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