Yardeni Says Stock Bulls Have 'Narrow Path' to Victory in 2023

Stock market bulls have a “narrow path” to victory next year as long as inflation comes down faster than expected, according to Ed Yardeni, founder of his namesake research firm.

“They almost can’t win,” Yardeni, who is a longtime stock strategist, said on Bloomberg TV and Radio Thursday. “If you get an economy that’s too strong and that belies the idea of a recession, well then the Fed’s going to have to raise interest rates a lot more.”

“The key is that narrow path where inflation comes down quite a bit more than is widely expected,” he said, adding that he sees prices cooling faster than current market expectations.

Yardeni pointed to plunging used-car prices and cooling rents, as well as a decline in energy prices, as reasons why inflation could be calming faster than previously forecast. He expects 3% to 4% headline inflation in early 2023, which could ease concerns about spiraling prices.

The market veteran says that typically an inverted yield curve is a good predictor of recessions because, in the past, it’s signaled that “something was going to break, there’s going to be a financial crisis.” But this time around, there were crises in certain sectors, including in crypto — but there wasn’t a wider contagion.