Weekly Investment Update

If there was any question regarding whether investors bought in to the Federal Reserve’s narrative of inflation being transitory, it was answered last week. Despite the US Consumer Price Index (a common measure of inflation) rising to nearly 5% year-over-year, an increase not seen since 2008, bond markets barely reacted[1].

Had investors been truly concerned about inflation being longer lasting, we would have expected rates to rise as bond holders sold-off. However, as you can see below, the US 10-year Treasury rate has actually decreased slightly in June.

Line graph depicting the US Consumer Price Index YoY and 10 Year Treasury Rate from January 2021 to June 2021

To be clear, only time will tell whether or not inflation becomes a long-term issue. However, at least for now, investors seem to believe the Fed that the increase in prices is a short-term phenomenon. The Federal Reserve will meet later this week, so they will have an opportunity to provide investors with an update shortly.

Prices & Interest Rates

Representative Index Current Year-End 2020
Crude Oil (US WTI) $70.78 $48.52
Gold $1,876 $1,893
US Dollar 90.51 89.94
2 Year Treasury 0.16% 0.13%
10 Year Treasury 1.47% 0.93%
30 Year Treasury 2.15% 1.65%
Source: Morningstar, YCharts, and US Treasury as of June 11, 2021

Asset Class Returns

Category Representative Index YTD 2021 Full Year 2020
Global Equity MSCI All-Country World 12.2% 16.3%
US Large Cap Equity  S&P 500  13.8% 18.4%
US Large Cap Equity  Dow Jones Industrial Average 13.6% 9.7%
US Small Cap Equity  Russell 2000 18.7% 20.0%
Foreign Developed Equity MSCI EAFE 11.6% 7.8%
Emerging Market Equity MSCI Emerging Markets 7.8% 18.3%
US Fixed Income Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond 1.2% 5.2%
US Fixed Income Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Bond -2.1% 7.5%
Global Fixed Income Bloomberg Barclays Global Agg. Bond -2.3% 9.2%
Source: YCharts as of June 11, 2021

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