Weekly Investment Update: June 17, 2024

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Key Events: Processing the inflation data

The data this week presented conflicting signals from the Federal Reserve, consumer sentiment, and inflation:

Despite Wednesday’s lower consumer inflation report the Fed raised its inflation forecast and projected fewer rate cuts in 2024. Similarly, despite lower producer inflation reported on Thursday, a survey of consumer inflation expectations increased on Friday.[1]

Market Review: Confusion leads to volatility

This mixed messaging contributed to volatility. US large cap stocks, led by the tech sector, and emerging markets saw gains throughout the week. Conversely, small cap stocks reacted negatively to the economic uncertainty.

The lower inflation data offset concerns raised by the Fed and consumer surveys leading gains in the bond market.

Outlook: Expectations and reality

The juxtaposition of lower inflation data against higher expectations is intriguing, as expectations often foreshadow actual inflation trends. Volatility is occurring as global inflation declines sharply from previous highs; predicting the decline accurately is challenging given the many factors beyond central banks’ control. The Fed faces the delicate task of controlling inflation without pushing the economy into a recession.

A significant decrease in the University of Michigan consumer confidence survey this week reflects the worry that uncertainty may translate into economic weakness.

Given these uncertainties, rather than betting on a single outcome, we are positioning portfolios to benefit from a soft landing while preparing for potential scenarios of inflation or recession.

Forecasts for the decline of inflation [2]

declining global inflation

Navigator Outlook: June 2024

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[1] Source: Bloomberg, University of Michigan – 1-year forward expectations were reported at 3.3%, above estimates of 3.2%.

[2] Source: Visual Capitalist   Visualizing Global Inflation Forecasts (2024-2026) (visualcapitalist.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, Aggregate – Bloomberg US Aggregate, High Yield – Bloomberg High Yield


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