Expect a Year of Moderate Gains, Ally Invest Strategist Says

Lindsey Bell sees economic gains accelerating on lower interest rates, and favors the technology and communication services sectors.

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Kiplinger: What do you see ahead for stocks in 2020? I believe the bull market will reach its 11th birthday in March, but the magnitude of the gains will be keenly dependent on trade policy. For businesses to feel more confident and keep spending, we need a clear path to a resolution there. I don’t think 2020 will be another double-digit year for returns. But I think stocks could still see a price increase in the low- to mid-single-digit percentages.

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Anne Kates Smith brings Wall Street to Main Street, with decades of experience covering investments and personal finance for real people trying to navigate fast-changing markets, preserve financial security or plan for the future. She oversees the magazine's investing coverage,  authors Kiplinger’s biannual stock-market outlooks and writes the "Your Mind and Your Money" column, a take on behavioral finance and how investors can get out of their own way. Smith began her journalism career as a writer and columnist for USA Today. Prior to joining Kiplinger, she was a senior editor at U.S. News & World Report and a contributing columnist for TheStreet. Smith is a graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis, Md., the third-oldest college in America.