Market Update and Outlook –June 2023

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  • Stocks and bonds were mostly lower in May, although strong returns from large cap tech allowed the S&P 500 to reach a modestly positive return
  • Year-to-date returns remain solid in most indices, a result that may come as a surprise to many investors given prevailing economic headwinds
  • On the domestic front, the Fed is still fighting inflation while also trying to provide adequate liquidity to maintain stability in the financial system
  • Some cracks started to appear with recent bank failures, but bank deposit outflows have stabilized and the crisis appears to be contained
  • US GDP grew at a rate of 1.3% in the first quarter, a sharp slowdown from the 2.6% rate in the fourth quarter of 2022
  • Consumer confidence remains low as household investments (401k, IRAs, etc.), savings account balances and home values wane
  • The probability of a recession has risen and the yield curve remains deeply inverted (10-year yield minus 3-month yield)
  • Fiscal policy remains challenged given high debt and borrowing costs, leading to a debt ceiling deal which caps spending and makes modest budget cuts
  • In Europe, economic growth has proven somewhat resilient, thanks to a mild winter and no material escalation in the Ukraine/Russia conflict
  • Europe faces similar demographic and fiscal challenges to the US – France recently raised the retirement age sparking widespread unrest
  • China’s economy is showing signs of growth, but the strength of China’s post-reopening rebound has so far been more tepid than hoped
  • As asynchronous growth plays out across regions, the risk of inflation and interest rate volatility could also rise
  • Central banks may find themselves with inadequate policy tools to engineer a soft landing and a stable pricing environment that has prevailed for the last few decades
  • Investors will have to remain committed to strategic investment programs, while also ensuring adequate portfolio liquidity and flexibility to reposition as the market environment unfolds


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