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September 2023 | Monthly Economic Update

ECONOMIC UPDATE Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Source: FactSet Equities pulled back in August, with volatility back on the rise. Notable events driving the market volatility were a US credit downgrade, China continuing to experience worsening economic conditions, and uncertainty on future Federal Reserve monetary policy decisions as a result of persisting inflation. US equities, as measured …

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August 2023 | Monthly Economic Update

ECONOMIC UPDATE Facebook LinkedIn Twitter US Credit Rating Downgrade What happened? The rating agency Fitch downgraded the US government credit rating one notch from AAA, its highest grade, to AA+ on August 1, 2023. The justification was rising debt, fiscal deterioration, and “the erosion of governance” from repeated debt limit standoffs. Fitch issued a downgrade …

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July 2023 | Monthly Economic Update

ECONOMIC UPDATE Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Source: FactSet US equities were led by a handful of stocks and outperformed international equities for the quarter and year. Despite ongoing challenges, positive growth and inflation surprises helped US equities (S&P 500) gain 8.7% and 16.9% for the quarter and year, respectively. This marked the third consecutive quarter for …

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May 2023 | Monthly Economic Update

ECONOMIC UPDATE Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Source: Zephyr Style Advisor Better than feared corporate earnings and lower inflation report led market volatility lower and returns higher after the previous month’s bank crisis aftershock in developed markets. International developed equities led major regions with a gain of 2.9%, followed by US equities with a gain of 1.6%. …

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March 2023 | Monthly Economic Update

ECONOMIC UPDATE Facebook LinkedIn Twitter In this month’s recap: Stocks stumbled as investors worried that the Fed would maintain its tight monetary posture due to ongoing inflation. U.S. Markets Stock prices stumbled in February owing to growing worries that the Fed would maintain its tight monetary posture in the face of continuing inflation. For the …

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February 2023 | Monthly Economic Update

ECONOMIC UPDATE Facebook LinkedIn Twitter In this month’s recap: Investors were in a buying mood thanks to moderating inflation, a better-than-feared earnings season, and healthy economic data. U.S. Markets Stocks rallied in January as moderating inflation, a better-than-feared earnings season, and healthy economic data put investors in a buying mood. For the month, the Dow …

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