Monthly Market UpdateSubmitted by TLWM Financial on November 3rd, 2021
The fourth quarter got off to a great start for stocks with the S&P 500 rallying almost 7% in October after a down month in September. The recent move brings the index return to about 23% year to date. (YCharts)
Last month we reviewed the status of our economic dashboard – in short, it looks strong. We believe that the strength seen in the dashboard combined with accommodative fiscal and monetary policy, and strong corporate earnings means that the chance of a recession in the near-term remains low.
That said, a pickup in stock market volatility over the last few months has been attributed to a handful of risk factors. Here, we will recap three of these risks that we’re watching closely:
- Inflation – we’ve talked about inflation almost every month, but as supply chain problems and labor market tightness persists this is a tangible risk that we’ll continue to monitor. The silver lining for many is that next year social security benefits will get the biggest bump in 40 years (5.9%).
- Debt Ceiling – the debt ceiling (the limit on how much the federal government can borrow) was raised in the beginning of October. Unfortunately, the issue will return soon as it was only punted for a couple of months. The debt ceiling is raised frequently (79 times since 1960 according to LPL Financial), but the closer we get to the deadline without a resolution the uncertainty surrounding the outcome increases. The increasing uncertainty has the potential to lead to market volatility.
- Interest Rates – the US 10 Year Treasury yield has rallied over the last few months, jumping from about 1.19% at the beginning of August to almost 1.6% at the end of October. A jump in rates has the potential to impact many areas of the economy and stock market, particularly borrowing costs and stock market valuations.
While each of these risks are worth monitoring, we believe it’s unlikely that any one of these would significantly change our optimistic outlook at this time.
On another note, the end of the year is only two months away, and our financial planning team is busy working on many year-end items for clients. If you have any year-end planning items you’d like to review (charitable giving, RMD’s, etc…) please let us know.
Your Team at TLWM
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