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Overweight in an Uncertain World: A 2023 Mid-year Update

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The market environment in the first half of 2023 was influenced by ongoing interest rate hikes, persistent inflation, bank failures, the looming threat of recession, and surprisingly, exceptional performance for US stocks. In our latest market webinar, Jeff Brown discusses the outlook for interest rates, trends in inflation, and the likelihood of a recession. Here are the key takeaways:

  • US stock market having the best start to a year since 1997 despite the fastest hiking cycle by the Fed in recent history
  • Inflation rolling over, including shelter, which should help the Fed end its tightening campaign
  • Global economy is still resilient, especially the services sector
  • Trend is improving, while sentiment might be extended in the very short term
  • Market leadership very narrow, prompting a shift to more equally weighted index
  • Recession in late 2023/early 2024 is still on the table, as it a soft landing
  • SPW remains overweight equities

As always, we remain focused on our objective indicators and are prepared to make changes accordingly. 

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