Close this search box.

Investors should be cautious with news of S&P 500 record highs

On Friday, Wall Street’s S&P 500 reached its first record close in over two years.

The “urgent warning” comes from deVere CEO Nigel Green as the large-cap benchmark index SPX finished at 4,839.81 on Friday, surpassing the prior record close of 4,796.56 on January 3, 2022. 

“With the S&P 500 topping 4,800 for the first time in its 66-year history, it’s too easy for investors to become overly confident and complacent. I would suggest that they exercise caution and avoid unnecessary mistakes due to said complacency, which could, unfortunately, prove to be extremely costly.”

There are two critical takeaways for him from Friday’s record S&P 500 highs.

First, markets are getting ahead of themselves. Much of the frenzy is driven by the hype that the Federal Reserve is about to start cutting rates after the most aggressive tightening agenda in generations. While this may be the case, it cannot be stressed enough that although inflation is certainly down from the multi-decade highs, it remains sticky. 

Secondly, tech stocks are driving early-year gains, proving that investing in technology stocks, particularly those related to artificial intelligence (AI), has become imperative for investors aspiring to build long-term wealth. The rapid evolution of the tech industry has transformed it into a driving force behind global economic growth. Companies leveraging AI technologies exhibit a competitive edge, leading to increased profitability and sustained growth.

He predicts that due to major central banks’ ongoing lack of clarity, he would not be surprised to see markets falling into correction territory and that investors should buckle up.

A correction is typically defined as a decrease of at least 10% but less than 20% from the most recent high. Corrections are a common cyclical occurrence in financial markets, and help markets maintain a balance, by preventing excessive speculation and unsustainable price increases. They provide an opportunity for overvalued assets to readjust to more reasonable levels.

The potential correction could provide investors with opportunities to build wealth with the right advice.

More Articles

Contact Us