Key Events: Strike
A targeted strike of 13,000 UAW workers affected Ford, Stellantis, and GM this week; the union is seeking to win back benefits forfeited during the ’08 financial crisis.
Inflation expectations continue to decline. The NY Fed 1-year expectations survey showed a decline to 3.6%, a drastic decline from the June 2022 peak of 6.8%.
As expected, the CPI data released on Wednesday ticked slightly higher based on increasing energy prices.
Market Review:Options expiration creates volatility
Stock options expiration led to increased volatility on Friday, and stocks gave up much, if not all, of the week’s gains.
US stock performance this week was slightly negative, while international stocks held on to gains.
Outlook: Inflation and labor effect the economic picture
The headlines this week remind us of the tension in the economy: inflation is coming down, but labor costs have been going up for most sectors of the economy.
The fight to reduce inflation is likely to cause the economy to slow and unemployment to go higher. Given the prospect of a softening economy – and consumer – we must balance the risks in portfolios.
It is important to remember that attractive valuations (which can lower risk) can be found in many areas of the market, such as small cap, value and international stocks.
We encourage investors to remain broadly diversified in pursuit of gains.
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 Source: Statistica
 Source: Market Returns reference the following indices: Large Cap – S&P 500, Mid Cap Growth – Russell Midcap growth, Mid Cap Value – Russell Midcap Value, Small Cap – Russell 2000, Developed – MSCI EAFE, Emerging – MSCI Emerging Markets, Aggretate – Bloomberg US Aggregate, High Yield – Bloomberg High Yield