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Over time, investing in stocks is a terrific method to grow wealth. Firms that opt to make their stocks available to the general public are usually growing in value over the long term, especially when markets became so global and the population is growing at exponential rates over the world.

But currently, we are facing an unprecedented global situation – global stock markets are going in one direction. Literally, one direction. How far can the stock markets continue with this insane rise and what will happen when we go back to normality, meaning no more quantitative easing, and low-interest rates?

Will the stock market crash in 2022?

Probably not. Even if it drops 10% to 20% in a correction, it’s unlikely to have a long-term and massive slump. Unless there is a major geopolitical incident that we cannot anticipate, it’s very difficult to see a reason for a major crash right now. This can be largely attributed to the fact there are no other areas to invest large sums of money besides the stock market because of the low-interest rates on bonds and other financial instruments.

On the other hand, it’s also very unlikely to see stock markets continue to increase in value. Right now, stocks are clearly inflated. One big drop in prices could create a sort of a notable correction of a month or two.

How will stock markets be affected by rate hikes around the world?

In general, even though there is no exact threshold for stock market crashes, they are commonly defined as a sudden double-digit percentage decrease in a stock index within a few days. The economy is frequently affected by stock market collapses and vice versa.

Some analysts believe the stock market is headed for trouble point due to rising prices as a major factor. As interest rates rise, so too do borrowing costs. As a result, it might be more difficult for organizations to grow, as increased expenses lead to reduced profitability.

When it comes to stock prices, revenue is often cited as an example of why higher interest rates are favorable for investors. Higher interest rates are seen as a signal that the economy is growing at a quicker pace. As the economy improves, businesses see an increase in revenue, which in turn leads to an increase in profits.

S&P500 Weekly Chart
S&P500 Weekly Chart

All the credible studies demonstrate that interest rate fluctuations have a negligible impact on stock market performance. During periods of rising interest rates, stock market indices might decline, or remain stable.

The bottom line, once central banks around the world will increase interest rates, the stock markets are expected to at least stop rising. Right now, central banks remain silent about increasing interest rates, partly due to the fact that the economy is still in a fragile condition. However, as inflation is now the major concern, it is inevitable that rates will rise in 2022 and beyond.

Conclusion

The market as a whole is hard to pin down since so many elements come into play. In the stock market, investors of all sizes make a variety of uncoordinated judgments on a wide range of assets, creating a complicated, interconnected system. Using this metaphor, the market might be thought of as an “invisible hand”-an organized ecosystem. Every market participant is free to behave and play according to their personal preferences and notions.

Recently, the stock market has been a roller coaster, with dramatic fluctuations from day to day possible. But while the stock market has its ups and downs, the lengthy periods of consistent growth outweigh the short-term dips. Despite the pandemic’s dramatic impact, some economists believe that current growth rates may be unsustainable, especially in light of inflation concerns and the probable tightening of monetary policy by the Federal Reserve and other central banks.

Consequently, even though a stock market crash is not a predictable scenario right now, most people believe that stock markets correction might occur in the next year.

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