Weekly Investment Update: July 10, 2023

Jul 10, 2023 | Investment Updates, Weekly Investment Updates

Market Returns Ending 6/16/2023

Key Events: A week without consensus

Economic data releases painted the picture of a slowing manufacturing sector, but a services sector that is showing momentum.[1]

Minutes from the Federal Reserve’s last meeting showed dissent among voting members as a few members favored another rate hike rather than the pause that occurred.

Market Review: Summer break

After a 16.9% return through the first half of the year, gains took a break. The third quarter began with a whimper as the S&P 500 dropped slightly; both small cap and international stocks joined in the declines.  

Bonds lost ground as the market weighed the likelihood of further rate hikes.

Outlook: Planning for the best – or the worst 

Some investors expect the mega cap technology names to drive the market to further gains. Others expect a recession to result in losses.

This has led to a very wide divergence among views on Wall Street. The most optimistic forecast is for a further 10% gain, while the most negative forecast is for a 27% loss in the second half. [2] The chart below shows that this is one of the widest ranges of Wall Street forecast we’ve seen in some years.

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Speed of Federal Reserve interest rate hikes[3]

Political Polarization has increased significantly

Navigator Outlook: July 2023

Navigator Outlook May 2023

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[1] Source: Bloomberg, S&P Global manufacturing purchasing managers index data 
[2] Source: Bloomberg Wall Street Forecasters, Blindsided by Tech Stock Rally, Divided on 2023 Outlook – Bloomberg
[3] Source: Bloomberg Wall Street Forecasters, Blindsided by Tech Stock Rally, Divided on 2023 Outlook – Bloomberg
[4] Market Returns reference the following indices: Large Cap – S&P 500, Mid Cap Growth – Russell Midcap growth, Mid Cap Value – Russell Midcap Value, Small Cap – Russell 2000, Developed – MSCI EAFE, Emerging – MSCI Emerging Markets, Aggretate – Bloomberg US Aggregate, High Yield – Bloomberg High Yield


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