January 22, 2022 Weekly Equity Market Recap. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq posted the worst week since pandemic start back in March 2020 with the S&P 500 falling 5.7%, the Dow dropping 4.6% and the Nasdaq plummeting 7.6%. From the high back in early January, the S&P 500 has given back 8.3% while the Nasdaq has lost 11% for the year. The S&P 500 is moving toward correction mode with all major indexes trending down and trading below their 50-day moving averages. Given the diversification of our client portfolios, the range of loss exposure to the S&P 500 has been 0.40%-0.55% for the week. It is more fortunate that client portfolios only had 0.30%-0.40% correlation to the losses experienced by the tech-laden Nasdaq. What also is becoming apparent is the speculative investors (retail day traders) now appear to be leaving the market, and that is a good thing. Recall, in our 2022 Market Outlook we clearly outlined 2022 expectations for this “choppy” market environment with “downside volatility” and a “minimum -10% intermittent correction.” Notably, the S&P 500 has yet to hit the 10% correction so we would anticipate more turbulence ahead, but as our 2022 Market Outlook indicates, “more near-term in nature.” For perspective, in 29 of the past 50 years, the S&P 500 has experienced a correction of at least 10% with a frequency of about once every 19 months, on average, going back to 1928. That means the S&P 500 is about four months overdue for a correction. The point is the S&P 500 is only in a mid-range pullback right now and this current turbulent behavior is a natural cycle mechanism. Accordingly, we do not intend to take client recommended portfolio changes unless we see panic, capitulation behavior that would be associated with directional bear markets. Another way to look at this is not much has changed since the market close on December 31, 2021, with respect to stock fundamentals, the economy, and the Federal Reserve. If anything, from the looks of the yield curve it appears as the markets are discounting (don’t expect) the Fed to be as hawkish with rate hikes, which bodes well for the markets.
January 14, 2022 Weekly Equity Market Recap. Given persistent inflation, ongoing supply chain disruptions and anticipated rate hikes, the equity markets continue to reprice downward: Since Dec. 31, the S&P 500 is off by about 2.1%, while the Nasdaq is down 4.8% and the Dow Jones is down just 1.2%. Omicron-related labor shortages have exacerbated the supply chain disruptions and in face of product shortages and virus sickness spiking, Americans have curbed their shopping with retail sales declining 1.9% in December. The Labor Department reported that consumer inflation jumped at the fastest pace in 40 years last month, a 7% surge. However, while we anticipate inflation to persist in 2022, we also believe the rising costs will moderate toward the second half of 2022.
2021 Yearly Equity Market Recap: The S&P 500 finished up 26.9% at 4,766 in 2021, while the Dow and Nasdaq also notched double digit returns of 18.7% and 21.4%, respectively. The S&P 500 is the broad market stock index composite here in the U.S. and insofar as it has diversified holdings of five hundred stocks, notably there was a sharply disproportionate source of concentrated high-flyer returns where just 1% of these stocks were responsible for about one-third of the index’s overall 2021 gains: Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (APPL), Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Nvidia (NVDA), and Tesla (TSLA). Market volatility was also muted on the year with only a-5% September pullback, but as we go forward in 2022 investors should expect volatility will not only be here to stay but the markets are likely to experience a minimum -10% intermittent correction – but doesn’t mean the market can’t gain on the year. The stock market certainly had a lot going for it with sustained tailwinds of rock bottom interest rates, fiscal/monetary stimulus, strong GDP, and healthy corporate earnings growth. Clients will receive the 2022 Market Forecast & Proposed Investment Strategies next week.