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Add Rising Bond Yields To List Of Market Concerns

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The sentiment remains mostly rosy thanks to earnings that continue to impress, plummeting virus numbers worldwide, indicators that the economic recovery is gaining steam, and imminent stimulus.

But we’re not out of the woods yet, and I still worry about complacency and valuations.

But now, you can add one more concern to the list: rising bond yields.

On Tuesday, Feb. 16, the 10-year Treasury yield jumped 9 basis points to top 1.30% for the first time since February 2020. The 30-year rate also hit its highest level in a year.

Why is this concerning?

Rising interest rates equals less attractive stocks.

Sure, the banks benefit. But what do you think this means for growth sectors like tech that have benefited from low-rates?

You couple that with the fact that according to the Buffet Indicator (total U.S. stock market valuation/GDP), the market could be 228% overvalued, and tech stocks may be at valuations not seen since the dotcom bubble? Genuine concerns.

A rebound in rates could also put a dent in the economic recovery if both companies and consumers find it increasingly expensive to borrow.

While I don’t foresee a crash like we saw last March and feel that the wheels are in motion for a healthy 2021, I still

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