U.S. equities experienced another volatile week of trading, with most major indexes finishing the week lower. The S&P 500 gave back almost half of its gains since the bottom in March of 2020. Stocks saw their biggest moves on Thursday’s intra-day reversal from their early morning sell-off, with the S&P 500 surging 5.5% to the upside. Thursday’s intra-day reversal was the 5th largest in the history of the S&P 500 and the 4th largest in the history of the NASDAQ. Ultimately, the S&P 500 Index finished the week down -1.53%. Within the S&P, consumer staples and health care outperformed most, while declines in shares of Tesla, Inc. (TSLA), Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN), and Meta Platforms, Inc. (META) weighed down the consumer discretionary and communications sectors to underperform for the week. New inflation data came in higher than expected, with Headline CPI rising 0.4% and Core CPI, excluding food and energy, rising 0.6% month-over month in September. On a year-over-year basis, Headline CPI and Core CPI rose 8.2% and 6.6% since last September, respectively.
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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 S&P 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 S&P 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 S&P 500) and bonds (as measured by the Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond Index) had declined until now.
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