The S&P 500 is expected to decline due to a combination of high interest rates and economic pressures, such as the threat of a government shutdown, autoworker strikes, and rising oil prices. Seth Bernstein from AllianceBernstein (NYSE:AB) expressed concern on Friday about the potential impact on global growth if high interest rates continue.
Investors are sharing Bernstein’s concerns, as evidenced by the struggling stock market. According to EPFR Global, investment in US stocks has remained flat, while there has been a significant shift into safe-haven money market funds. This suggests that investors are seeking safer options in the current uncertain economic environment.
Adding to these pressures, Freddie Mac reported on Friday that the average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has reached a nearly 23-year high. This increase in mortgage rates is another reflection of the ongoing economic strains and high interest rates.
These developments highlight the challenges facing investors and global markets as they navigate a high interest rate environment with multiple economic pressures. The potential impact on global growth remains a key concern for market watchers like Bernstein, who are monitoring the unfolding situation.