Risk assets bounced back through the holiday-shortened week last week. Buoyed by comments from St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President Bullard indicating the risk of recession is over-blown, the S&P 500, a proxy for large-cap US stocks, jumped more than three percent on Friday alone. The daily advance in the index was the largest since March of 2020.For the week, the S&P gained over six percent, while the MSCI ACWI, a proxy for large-cap global stocks, advanced nearly five percent.
Interest rates have risen dramatically throughout the first half of 2022, creating a challenging environment for bonds. However, Treasury rates have receded somewhat since peaking in mid-June, when the 10-year rate briefly exceeded the 30-year rate. We will be watching inflation and economic indicators closely in the weeks to come, as they should provide some indication of how aggressively the Federal Reserve will need to act in the second half of the year to tamp out inflation.
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Source: Morningstar, YCharts, and US Treasury as of June 27, 2022
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