Macro Outlook August 2022

Summary: Inflation softened somewhat in July 2022, prompting hopes of a FED pivot. 12-month PCE dropped back to 6.3%, from our peak levels (so far) of 6.8%. The FED’s target inflation level is 2%. Some tailwinds for a inflation levels dropping are unfortunately headwinds for economic growth. In this month’s releases, we see slowdowns in … Read more

Macro Outlook July 2022

Summary: Primary narrative continues to be inflation. The FED continues to fight inflation with rate hikes, and markets pricing in FED capitulation sometime in early 2023. While inflation seems unaffected so far, economic growth has slowed. Consumer credit growth is slowing, certain spending areas are declining, and savings are going back up. Both business and … Read more

Macro Outlook June 2022

Summary: While financial markets swirl from headline to headline, underlying economic data remains slow to materialize the fears that are driving daily price action. Consumer spending continues to increase and while some employment levels like initial claims flash, total unemployment remains low. Business and consumer sentiment is still unfavorable, but business capex and employment spending … Read more

Macro Outlook Apr 2022

Summary: We close out April on strong negative market sentiment, with the S & P 500 losing 10% over the course of the month. The Nasdaq has had its worst month since 2018. Volatility caused by recession anxiety are headlined by a prolonged Russian war in Ukraine, continued increasing inflation expectations and fears of the … Read more

Macro Outlook Mar 2022

Summary: Through the lens of lagged economic data, we see a picture of an economy with a tight labor environment, high consumer demand and a strong housing market. Not too many data releases last over the last month, but there was enough confirmation for the FED to begin rate hikes as expected. FED balance sheet … Read more

Macro Outlook Feb 2022

Summary: The Russian invasion of Ukraine has skewed markets towards volatility, inflation and uncertainty. An indeterminate resolution that drags over weeks or months will increase the likelihood of long standing impact to markets. Parsing out the unknowable resolution to the war in Ukraine, we see a US economy that is continuing to push towards normalization. … Read more

Macro Outlook Jan 2022

Summary: Data shows a US recovery that is mostly past the pandemic. Certain indicators are still showing depressed levels, but recovery is undeniable. With inflation hitting wages, transitory arguments weaken, prompting a need for rate hikes. However, given the unprecedented level of both fiscal and monetary stimulus that was injected into the system, the effects … Read more