Manager's Pulse: November 21, 2022

Manager's Pulse: November 21, 2022

November 21, 2022


Most major indexes gave back a portion of the previous week’s gains, closing last week moderately lower. Consumer staples and utilities outperformed most of the other S&P 500 sectors, while energy and consumer discretionary largely underperformed.  Ultimately, the S&P 500 finished the week down -0.61%. The U.S. Treasury yield curve inverted further throughout the week, leading the 2-Year/10-Year U.S. Treasury inversion to its deepest level in over 40 years. Ultimately, the 2-Year and 10-Year yields finished the week at 3.82% and 4.51%, respectively. Further evidence of easing inflationary pressures also showed on last week’s Producer Price Index (PPI) reporting, which came in lower than expected at 0.2% vs 0.4%. Lastly, even with more prominent layoff announcements last week, most recently by announcing roughly 10,000 more job cuts, the labor market seems to remain strong. Initial jobless claims decreased by 4,000 to 220k for the week ending November 12th.



Sustainable investing has witnessed exponential growth over the past few years as investors have increasingly embraced companies that take action to address environmental and social issues. The ESG PLUS models are designed for investors seeking to gain exposure to those types of companies. These models provide access to three separate areas of ESG investing. The first is a Tactical, all-equity, global strategy that focuses on companies that exhibit positive environment, social, and governance characteristics. The second is a Tactical, all-equity strategy that provides exposure to environmental themes including clean technology, energy, and water.

The third is a Strategic fixed income strategy that provides exposure to various areas of the fixed-income market, such as investment grade and high-yield bonds, and asset-backed and mortgage-backed securities. By combining these three unique strategies, we are able to offer a full suite of ESG models that range from Aggressive to Conservative. Stocks and bonds remained under pressure in Q3. Many of the same factors (i.e., inflation, rising rates, stronger US Dollar, and more restrictive central banks) are negatively impacting returns for both asset classes. Broad indexes of domestic stocks, bonds, and commodities all lost around -5% in Q3 as the SP 500 fell by -4.88%, the Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond Index declined by -4.8%, and the Bloomberg Commodity Index lost -4.7%. Through Q3, the YTD return on the SP 500 was -23.87% while the Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond Index fell by -14.6%. Through Q3, a traditional 60/40 portfolio was down by -20.6% YTD. Since 1976, only 2008 finished the year worse at -21%. In addition, there had never been three consecutive quarters in which stocks (as measured by the SP 500) and bonds (as measured by the Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond Index) had declined until now.    



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