Weekly Investment Update

Stock markets fell last week as investors were somewhat surprised by the Federal Reserve (Fed) shift in messaging. Both the S&P 500 (a proxy for large-cap domestic stocks) and the MSCI ACWI (a proxy for global large and mid-cap stocks) fell 1.9% during the week.  

The Fed announced on Wednesday that it now expects two quarter point interest rate hikes in 2023[1]. The change in narrative, shifting from the message that inflation is transitory to an acknowledgement that economic growth and inflation are increasing somewhat more quickly than anticipated, seemed to catch investors flat-footed.

The realization that the Fed may need to unwind easy money policies to contain inflation sooner than expected shook investor confidence. Not surprisingly, stocks that benefitted from the reflation themed trade so far this year (see the Dow Jones Industrial Average below) sold off, while large technology and ecommerce companies (see the Nasdaq Composite below) held up much better.

Line graph depicting the Nasdaq Composite Total Return Level % Change and Dow Jones Industrial Average Total Return Level Percent Change from June 14 to June 18, 2021

Prices & Interest Rates

Representative Index Current Year-End 2020
Crude Oil (US WTI) $71.14 $48.52
Gold $1,764 $1,893
US Dollar 92.32 89.94
2 Year Treasury 0.26% 0.13%
10 Year Treasury 1.45% 0.93%
30 Year Treasury 2.01% 1.65%
Source: Morningstar, YCharts, and US Treasury as of June 19, 2021

Asset Class Returns

Category Representative Index YTD 2021 Full Year 2020
Global Equity MSCI All-Country World 10.1% 16.3%
US Large Cap Equity  S&P 500  11.7% 18.4%
US Large Cap Equity  Dow Jones Industrial Average 9.8% 9.7%
US Small Cap Equity  Russell 2000 13.8% 20.0%
Foreign Developed Equity MSCI EAFE 8.9% 7.8%
Emerging Market Equity MSCI Emerging Markets 6.3% 18.3%
US Fixed Income Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond 1.1% 5.2%
US Fixed Income Bloomberg Barclays US Agg Bond -1.6% 7.5%
Global Fixed Income Bloomberg Barclays Global Agg. Bond -3.2% 9.2%
Source: YCharts as of June 19, 2021

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