Employment news highlighted pressures on consumers (spending power) and corporations (profit margins):
The August increase in hiring exceeded expectations, but job openings have declined over the last 18 months.
The UAW strike continued, and more than 75,000 healthcare workers walked off the job this week as workers seek higher wages and benefits.
Market Review: Recovery from the pullback
After four down weeks, the S&P 500 recovered to end the week with a slightly positive return. Small cap and international stock markets, however, finished in the red.
Bonds lost ground as the market re-set rate expectations yet again; the 10-year treasury closed at a 4.79% yield.
Outlook: An uncertain future – just ask the experts
This week marked the third drawdown of 7% since the October 2022 market low. Stocks were down four weeks in a row, and 9 out of the last 11. Such downturns are a healthy, normal part of being invested in the stock market.
Seasonal factors give us some optimism; the fourth quarter has historically seen the strongest stock returns. As the chart below illustrates, however, the outlook remains cloudy, with little clarity regarding the pending recession.
OneAscent remains fully invested and has made a slight shift out of smaller cap names to larger, dividend-focused holdings. Despite Federal Reserve confidence of avoiding a recession, higher interest rates have increased the risk of further stock pullbacks.
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*Based on a New York Fed model estimating recession probabilities using 10-year minus 3-month Treasury yield spreads, based on data from 1959-2009 ** Conference Board Q3 CEO Survey Probability of a recession over the next 12-18 months.
 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, Aggretate – Bloomberg US Aggregate, High Yield – Bloomberg High Yield