Weekly Investment Update May 15, 2023

May 15, 2023 Nathan Willis

market returns 5-12Key Events: Economic Goldilocks, but waning confidence  

Reported inflation was not too hot or too cold, furthering market hopes for a pause in rate hikes. Consumer sentiment, however, declined more than expected (see chart below).

Political headlines may account for some of the drop:

  • McCarthy and Biden made no progress on the debt ceiling.
  • Trump was found liable for sexual abuse, and Rep. George Santos was arrested on financial-related charges.

Market Review: Churning to nowhere

Stocks declined slightly this week as economic confidence waned; growth stocks’ modest gains were the exception.

Bonds registered small gains as market expectations for 2023 Fed rate cuts increased.  

Outlook: Expectations become reality  

Consumer confidence declined more than expected, likely due to the continued banking crisis and political tensions.

This drop in confidence reminds us of the importance of expectations in our economy. Worsening expectations increase the likelihood of slower economic growth and continued volatility in the investment markets.

While the political drama plays out and the banking crisis continues to unfold, OneAscent continues to follow our disciplined process. Portfolios remain diversified, with flexibility to take advantage of opportunities the market may present.

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