Welcome to our March 2023 Market Update Video!
How are you feeling about the current markets? Are they on your mind, or have you been too busy enjoying life? If it’s the latter, then good for you!
February saw the markets give back some gains…2.5% to be exact as reflected in the S&P 500 broad stock market index.1 So why did the market give back gains?
In my opinion, we only need to look one place to see the reason. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield moved up to 3.996%....this is almost an 18% move in only 28 days!2 Interest rates are normally inversely correlated with prices, so when rates are moving higher, the price of bonds is dropping.3 To take it a step further, I feel spiking interest rates may indicate there is a problem in debt markets, which may spillover to stocks.
So how do we invest during a time like this? As we talked about last month, higher interest rates aren’t all bad. We may hold US Treasuries to actually earn interest. When stocks decline, it could present an opportunity to buy good companies at cheaper prices. Many names I believe are worth owning historically have paid consistent dividends as well.
Lastly, if markets were too really get ugly I feel precious metals and commodities offer us another potential hedge.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you so much for your support as we move ahead and await what markets have in store for us.
Disclaimers and Sources
1 Source: Thomson ONE Reuters, S&P 500, 3/7/2023
2 Source: CNBC, 10-Year U.S. Treasury Yield, 3/7/2023
3 Source: Investopedia, Relationship between Interest Rates and Bonds, by Nick Lioudis
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