June 10, 2022, Weekly Equity Market Recap. On stagflation fears, the S&P 500 dropped 2.9% in its ninth losing week in the last 10, leaving the broad equity index down 18.7% from its record high back in early January. Similarly, the Dow Jones Industrial Average sank 2.7% and the Nasdaq fell 3.5% on the week. Our client portfolios continue to benefit from risk hedges where gold (GLD) was up 1.14% and commodities up 0.95% (COMT) on the week, while energy (XLE) only gave back -0.89%. Further, the four core alternative funds all remain up for the year which also have helped mitigate the losses experienced in the capital markets. Finally, cash remains high, serving two purposes: 1) enable future bottom fishing of bargain priced stocks and 2) help weather the market volatility. Inflation unexpectedly hit a new 40-year high in May as gas, food and rent prices jumped with the consumer price index increasing to 8.6% annually, up from 8.3% the prior month and the largest rise since December 1981. Global growth is now projected to drop from 5.7% in 2021 to 2.9% in 2022 and is significantly lower than 4.1% that was anticipated in January. It is expected to hover around that pace over 2023-24, as the war in Ukraine disrupts activity, investment, trade in the near term, pent-up demand fades, and fiscal and monetary policy accommodation is withdrawn. How is US consumer spending holding up in the throes of inflation outpacing wage gains for 13 straight months? 1) Americans are saving less: 4.4% savings rate (lowest levels since 2008) and 2) Americans are borrowing more with a 7.5% increase in credit over the past year (largest since 2011).