Weekly Investment Update: November 20, 2023

Nov 20, 2023 | Investment Updates, Weekly Investment Updates

market update 11-20

Key Events: Real Progress

President Biden said “real progress” was made in a summit with China. Tensions resurfaced after the event, though, as a Chinese spokeswoman indicated Tawan reunification was “unstoppable” and Biden labeled Xi a dictator.

US inflation slowed significantly in October, lending credence to the market’s view that the Federal Reserve may be finished with rate hikes.

Market Review: Soft landing hopes drive stocks higher

Stocks continued November’s surge on hopes of a soft landing, a viewpoint held by the Fed: The S&P 500 rose 2.3% while more economically sensitive small cap stocks rose by 5.5%, bringing them to a positive return for the year.

Bonds gained after tame inflation data renewed speculation that rates have peaked.

Outlook: The soft landing we’ve been hoping for?

A soft landing – lower inflation without recession – is the market’s hope. Inflation has continued its decline (see the thanksgiving chart below) and economic data shows a cooling, but strong, economy. Concerns include high interest rates and lower bank lending.

A soft landing would also be associated with a resumption of profit growth, which we saw in the third quarter. Shrinking corporate bond spreads reflect optimism as well – the bond market is not worried about a recession.

While it may materialize, we are not banking on a soft landing. OneAscent portfolios remain diversified, with less exposure to the mega-cap names that have driven the S&P 500 this year. We maintain exposure to several overlooked areas of the market which have experienced modest recent returns, but which have a high margin of safety and the potential for solid long-term returns.

Thanksgiving dinner costs drop[1]

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Navigator Outlook: November 2023

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[1] Source: American Farm Bureau Federation Thanksgiving Dinner Cost Relief, But Still High Relative to Recent Years | Market Intel | American Farm Bureau Federation (fb.org)

[2] Source: 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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