Monthly Market UpdateSubmitted by TLWM Financial on May 3rd, 2022
April was another challenging month for investors as the S&P 500 was down almost 9%, while bonds also struggled as the Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond Index fell about 3.5% (YCharts).
We made changes to our portfolio positioning in the middle of the month in an effort to reduce risk within the growth portion of portfolios. We believe that our risk management process is a critical part of caring for you, and your money.
These changes were made because we were seeing deterioration in our dashboard, signaling an increased chance of recession moving forward. By reducing your stock market risk our goal is to try to reduce volatility in a portion of the portfolio with the hope of being able to reinvest those funds at a lower price.
Today we wanted to highlight a few things that we’ll be watching as we continue to evaluate our portfolio positioning:
- Our Economic Dashboard – a number of factors in our economic dashboard have worsened throughout the year. We’ll be watching the data closely to see if the dashboard continues its decline or whether we see improvement.
- The Fed – expectations have changed a lot for the Fed over the last 6 months. Now, most investors believe that a 50bp (0.50%) hike to the Fed Funds rate is likely in May with more hikes in the months to come (CME FedWatch Tool). The Fed’s ability to fight inflation without pushing the economy into recession is likely to be tested this year.
- Corporate Earnings – we are in the midst of Q1 earnings season. We’ll be watching earnings results closely to understand how companies have managed the challenges they’ve faced, and what they expect for the remainder of the year.
While we are positioned more defensively today our allocation is subject to change as market and economic conditions evolve. This may mean reducing risk further, or it may mean re-allocating to stocks.
Investing through volatility can be difficult, so don’t hesitate to call us with any questions and please pass along our thoughts to your friends, family, and colleagues. We want to be a resource to them.
Your Team at TLWM
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* The Standard & Poor's 500 (S&P 500) is an unmanaged group of securities considered to be representative of the stock market in general. You cannot invest directly in this index.
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