After a tumultuous beginning of June for markets, investors hoping that a Federal Reserve (Fed) meeting and rate hike would calm markets were sorely disappointed last week. It was not for lack of effort on the Fed’s part, as they raised rates by 75 bps (0.75%) in an effort to address persistently high inflation (largest rate hike since 1994). Equity markets responded with a positive day on Wednesday when the Fed announced their decision, but several other down days left equity markets deeply in the red for the week. The S&P 500 (a proxy for large-cap US stocks) and the MSCI ACWI (a proxy for large-cap global stocks) ended the week down 5.8 percent and 5.7 percent, respectively.
In a sign that higher rates are beginning to be felt by US households, mortgage applications are falling as mortgage rates continue to rise. First time home buyers are having an especially difficult time, and many have been priced out of the market as the average 30-year mortgage rate approaches 6 percent. In addition, credit card rates have also jumped significantly of late (see below). The combination of rising prices and higher financing costs is challenging for households and businesses alike. Only time will tell whether the Fed is able to raise rates enough to curb inflation without tipping the economy into recession.
Prices & Interest Rates
|Representative Index||Current||Year-End 2021|
|Crude Oil (US WTI)||$108.88||$75.37|
|2 Year Treasury||3.06%||0.73%|
|10 Year Treasury||3.17%||1.52%|
|30 Year Treasury||3.30%||1.93%|
|Source: Morningstar, YCharts, and US Treasury as of June 20, 2022|
Asset Class Returns
|Category||Representative Index||YTD 2022||Full Year 2021|
|Global Equity||MSCI All-Country World||-21.9%||18.5%|
|Global Equity||MSCI All-Country World ESG Leaders||-22.6%||20.8%|
|US Large Cap Equity||S&P 500||-22.3%||28.7%|
|US Large Cap Equity||Dow Jones Industrial Average||-16.9%||21.0%|
|US Small Cap Equity||Russell 2000||-25.4%||14.8%|
|Foreign Developed Equity||MSCI EAFE||-20.6%||11.3%|
|Emerging Market Equity||MSCI Emerging Markets||-17.6%||-2.5%|
|US Fixed Income||Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond||-10.1%||1.5%|
|US Fixed Income||Bloomberg Barclays US Agg Bond||-11.5%||-1.5%|
|Global Fixed Income||Bloomberg Barclays Global Agg. Bond||-14.8%||-4.7%|
|Source: YCharts as of June 20, 2022|
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