Equity markets were broadly lower last week, largely weighed down by Wednesday’s interest rate decision from the Fed. The Federal Reserve raised rates by 75 bps for the fourth consecutive meeting, pushing the Fed Funds Rate to 3.75% - 4%. Investors that may have been looking for a pivot from current Fed policy seemingly got the opposite as Fed Chairman Jerome Powell noted that it was ‘very premature’ to considering pausing rate hikes during the press conference The Nasdaq led losses, falling 5.61% as the S&P 500 dropped by 3.31%. International markets bucked the trend with the MSCI EAFE and Emerging Markets Indexes up +1.25% & +4.68%, respectively.
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Equities and bonds were under pressure during the second quarter, with value-oriented stocks outperforming their growth counterparts as rising rates, high inflation, and increasing recession concerns caused investors to continue to move away from growth-oriented tech stocks and rotate into more fairly valued sectors of the market. Within equities, a tactical business-cycle rotation strategy produced the highest benchmark-relative returns, positioned to hedge against inflation by having an overweight to commodity-related sectors and an overweight to defensive areas of the market. Within the TPFG moderate strategies, a highly tactical strategy provided relative outperformance by utilizing quantitative measures to determine asset class exposure,comprised of a 30 allocation to fixed income and a 70 allocation to a tactical strategy that can shift between all equity or all cash. On the fixed income side, performance was strong across the conservative strategies. A fixed income ESG strategy was the strongest benchmark-relative performer. In addition, a tactical diversifier strategy that utilizes a blend of alternative asset classes and traditional fixed income posted strong performance, largely due to an allocation to real return assets.
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Trailing Major Index Returns and YTD S&P Sector Returns are sourced from Morningstar Direct.
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