Monthly Market UpdateSubmitted by TLWM Financial on June 1st, 2022
The volatility we’ve seen since the beginning of the year continued in May as stocks alternated between strength and weakness, with the S&P 500 closing the month almost unchanged. One piece of positive news for many investors was that the bond market stabilized with the Bloomberg Aggregate Bond Index up roughly 1% for the month after seeing losses in the first four months of the year. (YCharts)
We made changes to our portfolio positioning in mid-April in an effort to reduce risk within the growth portion of accounts. While this defensive shift has worked well so far, we continue to monitor current economic and market conditions for potential changes. As we look to the next 6-12 months, recession risks have risen but our economic dashboard does not yet signal that a recession is imminent.
We’re going to outline two potential scenarios that we see unfolding from here. One may see us look to get money back to work (potentially at lower prices), while the other may see us try to reduce risk further depending on how economic conditions and markets evolve.
- Scenario 1: we think the most likely outcome for stocks at this point is that the recent rally continues given current negative sentiment and the increasing chance that the market is oversold. We feel that a move higher will give us an opportunity to reevaluate our allocation and potentially reduce risk further.
- Scenario 2: if we don’t get a rally here, we could see stocks sell off further. At that point, we’d likely look to take advantage of the drop in prices to reallocate the defensive portion of the portfolio at lower prices. While this would be a more painful scenario for most investors, it’s one that we need to be prepared for.
We will continue to keep you updated on future changes in portfolios and further developments in the market and economy.
Please don’t hesitate to call us with questions and please pass along this email and our commentary to your friends, family, and colleagues.
Your Team at TLWM
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