US Federal Reserve Vice-Chair Janet Yellen. File Image: IOL
US Federal Reserve Vice-Chair Janet Yellen. File Image: IOL

Biden’s pick of Yellen could herald even higher stock markets in 2021

By Opinion Time of article published Jan 21, 2021

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By Nigel Green

President Joe Biden’s pick of Janet Yellen as US Treasury Secretary will help see stock markets reach record highs during 2021.

Yesterdays’s political pageantry in Washington represented the dawning of an era of renewed certainty, stability and the return to established norms, all of which the markets approve.

However, despite the inauguration pomp and ceremony at the Capitol, investors’ focus is now already on Janet Yellen, who will take over from Steve Mnuchin as US Treasury Secretary.

In her testimony in Congress on Tuesday, the former Federal Reserve Chair called on lawmakers to ‘act big’ on coronavirus stimulus especially with interest rates being at historic lows.

At the Fed she continually made the case for full employment, meaning we know already, her track record proves it, that she is prepared to spend.

With Yellen in charge and with an economy that needs a shot in the arm, I think we can expect massive spending combined with continued ultra-low interest rates for years.

This will act as a catalyst for stock markets.

Following her testimony in Congress, the US dollar dipped lower as investors moved away from safe-haven assets, such as the US currency, and more towards stocks, indicating more confidence in the markets.

As the markets experienced their best performance between the election and the inauguration for any president going back at least five decades, and investors should be warned not to be complacent when confidence grips the markets.

Investors should ride the Biden bounce in the markets – but do so judiciously.

Yellen has indicated that she will do whatever is necessary to get the economy going again. We can expect considerable government spending under the Biden administration and ultra-low interest rates to be maintained by the Fed.

“There will be peaks and troughs as always, but with these policies and greater stability in the White House, I believe, we could see markets produce even higher highs in 2021 than in 2020.”

Nigel Green is the chief executive and founder of deVere Group

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