It continues to be a challenging time with the downturn of the market and economic inflation causing interest rate hikes. History proves that corrections in markets are always followed by a positive market. We are in one of those periods, together, where patience and commitment to your plan will have the positive resolution that we are looking for. Here’s some of what’s been happening most recently, as we navigate this together…
STOCKS AND BONDS ARE DOWN
The third quarter marked a change in attitude. So far, 2022 has been a tough year for investing. We’ve experienced an unusual phenomenon – the simultaneous decline of stock and bond markets.
Throughout the third quarter, investors’ concerns focused on global instability, rising prices, and the possibility that central bank efforts to tame inflation would cause economic growth to falter. The result has been tremendous volatility in stock and bond markets.
The S&P 500 has declined -24% as of the 3rd quarter of 2022, the bond market often is expected to be a haven from stocks falling off. and the U.S. aggregate index declined by -15%.
WHAT ELSE IS DOWN?
Despite the late-night commercials with actors often promoting gold, it also dropped about -8.7%. We have had three quarters in a row of negative returns with political policy often having an impact on large sections of the market, such as energy.
Ten central banks delivered a combined total of six percentage points of rate rises year-to-date. Several rises, including the latest from the U.S., were of some 0.75 percentage points, three times the usual scale of rate moves.
Aggressive central bank increases caused investors to reassess their expectations. The result was market selling and a sense of capitulation. This occurs when fear takes hold, investors abandon hope for positive returns, and they sell. Capitulation often is a sign the market might be near the bottom.
THE COST OF HURRICANE IAN
It’s been a tumultuous time. In the United States, Hurricane Ian pummeled Florida and South Carolina. Analysts estimate the destruction in Florida will cost U.S. insurance companies about $63 billion, although the cost of recovery will be much higher.
“The total economic damage will be well over $100 billion, including uninsured properties, damage to infrastructure, and other cleanup and recovery costs,” according to a source cited by Max Reyes of Bloomberg.
ECONOMIC UNREST IN THE U.K.
In the United Kingdom, fiscal and monetary policies collided last week. Britain’s new government plans to encourage economic growth with a stimulus package to offset energy costs and big unfunded tax cuts. Their fiscal stimulus plan could spark at the same time Britain’s central bank is trying to tamp inflation down.
Investors showed their disapproval by selling U.K. government bonds. As yields surged, bonds rapidly lost value, imperiling the nation’s pension funds. The Bank of England staged an emergency intervention, calming bond markets by promising to continue its bond purchases, reported Brian Swint of Barron’s.
Inflation continued to be a concern around the globe. In the U.S., data was recently released showing prices rose 6.2 percent year-over-year in August. In the 19-member Eurozone, inflation was up 10 percent in September, largely because energy prices are up more than 40 percent year-over-year, reported Elliot Smith of CNBC.
In Argentina, the central bank lifted its benchmark rate for the ninth time – to 75 percent – to tame inflation.
THE WAR IN UKRAINE
The war in Ukraine continued to affect food and energy supplies, driving prices higher. The agreement between Russia and Ukraine that allowed some grain exports to Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa in July and August appears to be in jeopardy.
Russia is reconsidering the agreement and has threatened to reject it, which could exacerbate food insecurity in some countries and drive food prices higher.
BREAKING NEWS FROM THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
This month reported the latest cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is 8.7 percent for Social Security benefits and SSI payments. Benefits are scheduled to increase by 8.7 percent beginning with December 2022 benefits, which are payable in January 2023. Federal SSI payment levels will also increase by 8.7 percent effective for payments made for January 2023. This news could tip the scale for those considering retiring soon.
A LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL?
At this point, a recession is at least partly priced into current U.S. stock prices. In addition, the strength of the dollar will help the Fed’s effort to bring inflation down.
It’s also interesting to consider the glass half-full rather than half-empty. Sometimes markets drop a lot because of uncertainty caused by economic and political conflict before a midterm election. A recent academic study showed a potential resolution takes place after some midterm elections and has a positive impact on the markets. Perhaps this will be one of those times.
“Earnings don’t move the overall market; it’s the Federal Reserve Board … focus on the central banks and focus on the movement of liquidity … most people in the market are looking for earnings and conventional measures. It’s liquidity that moves markets.”
—Stanley Druckenmiller, American investor, hedge fund manager, philanthropist, and former chairman and president of Duquesne Capital, which he founded in 1981
As always, I am here to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Let’s remember that success is walking the journey together!
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