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Reflections on 2014, Projections for 2015

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Sam Stovall

with Sam Stovall, Managing Director – U.S. Equity Strategy at S&P Capital IQ Global Markets Intelligence Group, Chairman S&P Investment Policy Committee

Only 2 of the 11 bull markets since World War II have moved into their seventh year, so will 2015 be a Lucky-7 for our current bull market? This current bull market had a record of 69% from March 2009 to March 2010, well above any other sustained bull market since World War II, but are we now skating on thin ice? Could a bigger correction come in 2015 with the Federal Reserve poised to raise interest rates or will a strengthening U.S. economy and lower oil prices give markets more real reasons to rally? And how will presidential politics impact Wall Street in 2015?

And should we fear falling oil, or rejoice over the drop. It’s a match-up between slowing global economies and lower demand from certain regions versus the benefits of lower oil prices. So will global corporations report higher earnings from lower oil or lower earnings from weakened economies?

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I've been an investment strategist and adviser for over 35 years, leading with a mission of unbiased advice to educate and protect listeners on my weekly radio show on NPR affiliates nationwide. I have been named a “Top 100 Wealth Advisor” by Worth Magazine and “Top Advisor” by Reuters.