Monthly Market UpdateSubmitted by Texas Legacy Wealth Management on September 4th, 2019
August has been a somewhat choppy month for the S&P 500 as stocks have reacted to headline news, rumors of trade developments, and tweets, while US fundamentals remain fairly healthy. The S&P 500 closed the month down by about 2%, but is still up approximately 17% for the year (YCharts).
The headline risks we have outlined throughout the year continued to evolve in August:
- Yield Curve – the 10YR-2YR yield curve inverted. A yield curve inversion is often cited as a sign of pending recession. We agree that an inversion should be taken seriously, but note that the inversion has not historically been a good timing indicator. Click here to read more about the yield curve inversion on our blog.
- Central Banks – The Fed held their annual symposium in Jackson Hole and continued to suggest that they are ready to cut rates as they monitor the risks of a slowing global economy and trade uncertainty.
- Brexit – Boris Johnson, the UK’s new prime minister, called for a suspension of parliament which shortens the amount of time parliament will be in session before the October 31st Brexit deadline. This may lead to uncertainty as investors consider the increased likelihood of a no-deal Brexit.
- Trade – the ups and downs of the US-China trade war continued. We saw an escalation of tariffs as China, then the US retaliated throughout the month. That said, it appears talks will continue in September and changes could come at any moment.
While we believe the economy is unlikely to move into a recession immediately, we do feel that there are increased risks of a recession looking out beyond this year. We will continue to monitor trade developments, central bank policy, political and geo-political risks and will look to make changes to portfolios as we get further clarity on the evolving economic environment.
We understand that headline news can be concerning, particularly when headlines lead to volatility. For those clients that have a blended allocation (stocks and fixed income in portfolios) volatility has been somewhat offset as fixed income was up almost 3% in August (Bloomberg Barclays US Agg) while stocks (S&P 500) were down about 2%. (YCharts)
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