Domestic equity markets bounced back in October recouping losses recorded in September. All three major US Equity Indexes closed at respective new all- time highs. Both the Nasdaq 100 and S&P 500 were up in excess of 7%. Foreign markets underperformed relative to domestic markets recording gains of approximately 3-4%. The S&P 500 is now up 24% for the year. After declining almost 34% during the pandemic sell off last year the S&P 500 is now up over 110% from the lows.
Once again Crude Oil was up almost 12% in October touching a 7-year high close to $83 a barrel. As we talked about in our September newsletter, home heating costs will be appreciably more expensive than last year. This could lead to a significant reduction is discretionary spending in the winter months.
Most inflation indicators have reached their highest level in years. Surging energy prices, labor shortages and supply chain disruptions have contributed to a significant jump in US GDP Price increases. The chart below measures quarter on quarter price changes for products included for Gross Domestic Products.
Given the magnitude of this increase, we anticipate increased volatility in both stock and bonds prices. The Federal Reserve still feels this increase in Inflation is “transitory”, but we will continue to watch this indicator closely. Prolongated inflationary pressures could weigh on the bond market which has already seen yields increase significantly over the last year.
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The S&P 500 Index is a market index generally considered representative of the stock market as a whole. The Index focuses on the large-cap segment of the U.S. equities market. The Hang Seng Index (HSI) is a market-capitalization-weighted stock market Index in Hong Kong. It is used to record and monitor daily changes of the largest companies of the Hong Kong stock market and is the main indicator of the overall market performance in Hong Kong.
Indices are unmanaged, and one cannot invest directly in an index. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. All investments contain risk and may lose value. Investing in the bond market is subject to certain risks including market, interest rate, issuer, credit, and inflation risk. Equities may decline in value due to both real and perceived general market, economic, and industry conditions.
Statistics sources from Central Bank Rates and Bloomberg.
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