Looking ahead, the consensus estimate has earnings growing about 20% in both the 3rd and 4th quarters of this year. If true, this could serve to put a firm floor under current market levels and provide the launch pad for future advances. This does not however indicate that stock prices can be expected to increase by this factor in the coming months.
With all that has transpired over this last year, we have all likely reflected on what is important to us. At Atlas, we strive to prepare our clients, colleagues, and friends with the knowledge they need to meet their own personal goals… but what happens next?
In a world turned upside by a global pandemic, as schools and childcare providers have had to close their doors on and off again, progress toward gender equality has taken a back seat. Some even speculate that this may have set back gender equality by a decade. Better understanding of the gender pay gap—and even more so—the gender wealth gap, helps to position us to take action to improve our outlook.
On a very macro level, we think that there will be a modest market reaction to the election in the coming weeks. Markets like gridlock in Washington, and with the potential for a divided Congress, we think the eventual political landscape will impede immediate implementation of at least two of the more noteworthy Biden policy initiatives.