Market Update: Election Results vs. Market Returns
November 11, 2022
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By Kostya Etus, CFA®, Head of Strategy, Dynamic Investment Management
The Markets Hate Uncertainty
Market participants tend to be very skittish and like to panic. Oftentimes, the worst of outcomes are already priced in. This is why any type of resolution or clarity can clear up the skies and allow the sun to shine. Below are three key events of the past two weeks and their impact on uncertainty:
- Mid-Term Elections: Uncertainty Clearing. Specific election results are not as important of a consideration for the markets. But the market does like the removal of uncertainty about the results. Expectations were for a split government, meaning no major federal legislation could be enacted unless it got significant bipartisan support. This could have been supportive of a market rally going into yearend. Unfortunately, initial results are unclear about the control of Congress, so there may still be uncertainty looming.
- Jobs: Uncertainty Clearing. Nonfarm payrolls rose by 261K, above expectations, showing continued job growth and a strong economy. Wage inflation, on the other hand, has fallen to 4.7%. Moderating wage growth may be an important indicator of inflation starting to come down.
- Rates: Uncertainty Persists. The Federal Reserve (Fed) hiked the federal funds rate by another 0.75% to a range of 3.75% to 4.00%. The Fed’s messaging remained focused on controlling inflation and the potential for continued rate increases into 2023. Risk of overtightening the economy remains.
BONUS! Inflation: Uncertainty Clearing. The Consumer Price Index (CPI), a key measure of inflation, rose by 7.7% over the last year, the lowest increase since January and below expectations. This could be a sign that inflation is peaking and increases the chances of the Fed being less aggressive with rate hikes, which would all be beneficial for the markets.
If Everything in Your Portfolio is Working, You’re Not Diversified!
When it comes to investing, there are things we can control and things we can’t. We can’t control what the stock market will do, nor can we predict it. But we can control how diversified our investment portfolios are.
Take a look at the “Asset Class Returns” Callan chart below, also known as a quilt chart. It shows the performance of various broad asset classes each year, dating back to 2007. It also includes an Asset Allocation portfolio (white boxes) as a combination of all the asset classes. Here are some key things that stand out:
- All asset classes experience volatility in returns. Notice REITs over the past several years. Top performer in 2019, worst in 2020, top again in 2021 and worst again in 2022 YTD. Being invested in any one asset class would create wild swings in portfolio returns.
- But asset classes don’t exhibit the same cyclicality. Each asset class has a certain period in which it does well and another in which it does poorly. For example, in the last four years, whenever REITs have done poorly, Fixed Income has performed relatively well, and vice versa.
- Staying balanced and diversified helps to smooth out returns. Being allocated to a variety of asset classes lowers the overall portfolio volatility and offers a smoother ride. Looking at the aggregated data in the right two columns, we see that being allocated to a diversified portfolio results in above average returns while maintaining a relatively low level of volatility.
Asset Class Returns
Source: Bloomberg, FactSet, MSCI, NAREIT, Russell, Standard & Poor’s, J.P. Morgan Asset Management.
Large cap: S&P 500, Small cap: Russell 2000, EM Equity: MSCI EME, DM Equity: MSCI EAFE, Comdty: Bloomberg Commodity Index, High Yield: Bloomberg Global HY Index, Fixed Income: Bloomberg US Aggregate, REITs: NAREIT Equity REIT Index, Cash: Bloomberg 1-3m Treasury. The “Asset Allocation” portfolio assumes the following weights: 25% in the S&P 500, 10% in the Russell 2000, 15% in the MSCI EAFE, 5% in the MSCI EME, 25% in the Bloomberg US Aggregate, 5% in the Bloomberg 1-3m Treasury, 5% in the Bloomberg Global High Yield Index, 5% in the Bloomberg Commodity Index and 5% in the NAREIT Equity REIT Index. Balanced portfolio assumes annual rebalancing. Annualized (Ann.) return and volatility (Vol.) represents period from 12/31/2006 to 12/31/2021. Please see disclosure page at end for index definitions. All data represents total return for stated period. The “Asset Allocation” portfolio is for illustrative purposes only. Past performance is not indicative of future returns. Guide to the Markets – U.S. Data are as of September 30, 2022.
As always, Dynamic recommends staying balanced, diversified and invested. Despite short-term market pullbacks, it’s more important than ever to focus on the long-term, improving the chances for investors to reach their goals.
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