Monthly Market UpdateSubmitted by TLWM Financial on July 1st, 2021
As June comes to a close, it’s hard to believe we are already halfway through the year; although, a lot has changed since January 1st. It is wonderful to be back in the office with the full team and to be able to meet with many of you face-to-face once again.
Stocks moved higher in June adding to a very strong first half of the year for stocks with the S&P 500 up about 14% (YCharts). The US vaccination rollout has probably been the biggest driver as the economy has opened back up, and activity is at a much more normal level than where it was 6 months ago. Here’s a quick look at some changes since the beginning of the year:
- Interest Rates: the 10-year US Treasury yield has jumped, and is now yielding about 1.5% after starting the year at 0.93%. (YCharts)
- Earnings growth: 2021 earnings growth expectations have increased: current estimates call for 34% growth as of 6.11.21, up from about 22% in mid-January. (FactSet)
- Labor Market: The labor market continues to improve: the unemployment rate has dropped to 5.8% after beginning the year at 6.3%
- Economic Dashboard: Our economic dashboard continues to look good: 5 out of 7 indicators are currently green (no warning) and 2 are yellow.
These data points suggest that the economic recovery will continue this year and into 2022; however, we believe that we may see some stock market volatility throughout the year. Volatility at this stage of a bull market would not be surprising and we feel it would likely be normal and healthy for stocks.
As we look to the rest of 2021, here are a few key factors to watch.
- The Fed - Thus far, the Fed has continued to pledge support to the economy, but Fed communication and policy could be a wild card. As the Fed starts talking about potential policy changes any communication that surprises investors could lead to volatility.
- COVID & Global Vaccinations- As the global economy continues to rebound from the pandemic shutdown it will be important to see progress in global vaccinations as this should allow restrictions to be eased further, and potentially lead to an acceleration of economic activity around the world.
- US Political Policy- We will be watching policy coming out of Washington with a particular focus on infrastructure spending and potential tax and regulatory changes.
Our outlook for stocks continues to be positive as we look out over the next 9-12 months, but we will be keeping a close eye on the items mentioned above. As such, we continue to have portfolios positioned to take advantage of the economic recovery but are ready to make tweaks as the year evolves.
Your TLWM Team
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