Weekly Investment Update May 13, 2024

May 13, 2024 Nathan Willis

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Key Events: Inflation dampens consumers’ outlook

The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Survey showed an surprisingly large drop in sentiment, driven by heightened inflation concerns.

S&P 500 earnings grew at 5.4% during the first quarter,[1] driven by the top companies; S&P 500 earnings would have actually declined 2.4% without the top 5 stocks.

Market Review: Earnings overcome inflation worries

Positive earnings results supported stock returns for the week, despite inflation-induced volatility. Equities are trading on hopes for continued positive earnings for 2024.

International stocks and high yield bonds gained as the market rewarded riskier assets.

Outlook: Staying anchored to what matters

Despite the outsized influence of the top 5 companies in Q1, analysts remain optimistic, expecting S&P 500 earnings to grow 11.1% in 2024 with double digit growth from the rest of the index - the “other” 495 stocks. This broadening of earnings growth is crucial for success in 2024.

Volatility in the short-term data–good earnings but bad inflation–reminds us we need an anchor. Despite the short-term noise, the most important thing about investing is staying invested. Long-term discipline is the key to wealth accumulation.

The Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting was held last weekend; 99% of Warren Buffet’s net worth has been accumulated after he made his first billion dollars at age 56. Time in the market matters to the most successful investors – those with discipline.

Our long-term discipline helps investors remain invested through whatever may come in the short term: soft landing, inflation, or recession.

“The biggest thing about making money is time. You don’t have to be particularly smart, you just have to be patient." [2]

warren buffett

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[1] Source: FactSet Research Systems sp-500-earnings-growth outside of top 5 contributors NVIDIA(Still to report), Alphabet, Amazon.com, Meta Platforms, and Microsoft growth would have declined 2.4%

[2] Source: Finmasters.com https://finmasters.com/warren-buffett-net-worth/ Source: Warren Buffett- you Just Have To Be Patient (yahoo.com)

[3] Source: Market Returns reference the following indices: Large Cap – S&P 500, Mid Cap Growth – Russell Midcap growth, Mid Cap Value – Russell Midcap Value, Small Cap – Russell 2000, Developed – MSCI EAFE, Emerging – MSCI Emerging Markets, Aggregate – Bloomberg US Aggregate, High Yield – Bloomberg High Yield


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