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Bank of America Strategists Warn Fed Hikes in Pricey Market to End Poorly

  • Quantitative tightening seen as main risk for stock market
  • Strategists maintain S&P 500 target at 4,600 by year-end

Optimists expecting the stock market to weather the rate-hike cycle as they’ve done in the past are missing one important detail, according to Bank of America Corp.’s strategists. 

While U.S. equities saw positive returns during previous periods of rate increases, the key risk this time round is that the Federal Reserve will be “tightening into an overvalued market,” the strategists led by Savita Subramanian wrote in a note.