Weekly Investment Update: October 23, 2023

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Key Events: Proceeding Carefully

“Proceeding carefully” is the description used by Fed Chair Powell this week, describing the Fed’s current approach. The Fed is committed to bringing down inflation and acknowledges that the outlook remains uncertain.

President Biden reiterated the United States’ support of Israel, as well Ukraine, Taiwan, and the southern border. Middle East tensions remain high.

Market Review: Flight to quality

Most investments lost money this week; US and International stocks and most sectors of the bond market were down.

The only S&P 500 sectors with positive returns were consumer staples (a ‘risk-off’ sector) and energy. The Middle East conflict drove oil and precious metals higher as well.

Outlook: Crosscurrents lead to uncertainty

Earnings and economic data continue to be strong, but indicators that we trust–such as housing affordability, as seen below–indicate that a recession may be coming, and sooner rather than later. The consumer is responsible for more than 2/3 of US economic spending,[1]and reduced mortgage affordability means less money to spend elsewhere.

As we begin to look toward 2024, we believe investors would be well served to follow the Fed’s lead by proceeding carefully with their allocations; maintain discipline and stick with your plan. OneAscent continues to be focused on diversification, maintaining exposure to areas of the stock market where valuations give us a greater margin of safety.

Housing becomes less affordable, pressuring consumer finances[2]

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Navigator Outlook: October 2023

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[1] Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis gdp2q23_3rd.pdf (bea.gov)

[2] Source: Redfin A Homebuyer Needs to Earn $115,000 to Afford the Typical U.S. Home, More Than Ever Before (redfin.com)

[3] 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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