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By Grant Melancon
November 15, 2023
Investment Management

Portfolio Manager Commentary

November 15, 2023

The Portfolio Manager Commentary is provided by Trustmarkโ€™s Tailored Wealth Investment Management team. The opinions and analysis presented are accurate to the best of our knowledge and are based on information and sources that we consider to be reliable and appropriate for due consideration1.

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Economic Outlook

U.S. Durable Good Orders were up 4.6% annualized in September after having a similar increase in August. The Markit PMI Index came in at 50 in October, the same level as September. The ISM Manufacturing Index came in at 46.7 for October versus 49.0 for September. U.S. Productivity was up 4.7% in the third quarter of 2023, an acceleration from the 3.6% increase in the second quarter. The Markit PMI Services Index came in at 50.6 for October versus 50.9 for September. The ISM Services PMI came in at 51.8 for October versus 53.6 for September. The University of Michigan Sentiment data came in at 60.4 for November, down from the already low 63.8 for October. The NFIB Small Business Index came in surprisingly strong, at 90.7 for October. The U.S. Unemployment Rate was 3.9% in October. Average Hourly Earnings were up 0.20% for October and up 4.1% year over year. Consumer Prices were flat in October and up 3.2% year over year. Producer Prices were down 0.5% in October and up 1.3% year over year.

Fixed Income

The U.S. Treasury Yield Curve remains inverted, however this inversion has continued to stay flatter somewhat, with the 10-year yield at 4.43%, 47 basis points below the 2-year yield of 4.90%. The U.S. Treasury Yield Curve has now been inverted for 16 months. At its recent September meeting, the FOMC left the Federal Funds target rate range at 5.25% - 5.50%. The FOMC kept rates in this band in its October/November meeting. The three-month and six-month U.S. Treasury Bills currently yield in a range of 5.23%-5.38%, which is within the range of the FOMCโ€™s current Fed Funds rate target.

Yield Curve

U.S. Treasury Yield Curve

Current Generic Bond Yields

Current Generic Bond Yields

Equity

US equity is up as the S&P 500 continues its third straight week of gains. With October posting negative numbers, itโ€™s no surprise the index is rallying this month as we head into the holiday season. Disinflation optimism and the weaker labor market helped fuel the rally as this seems to support the peak Fed narrative and soft landing narrative, which was solidified by CPI coming in lower than expected.

All sectors are higher month-to-date as Technology (+10.19) continues to lead the way, while Energy is lagging the rest (+0.28%). Large, mid, and small cap indices have seen large returns month-to-date with the Russell 2000 outperforming and posting its second best weekly performance of the year as the index shows some life after a difficult year.

Index Returns
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1Sources of statistical information are Bloomberg, Factset Research Systems, and Ned Davis Research. Non-deposit investment products are not insured or guaranteed by any government agency or government sponsored agency of the federal government or any state; are not deposits, obligations, or guaranteed by Trustmark National Bank or its affiliates; and are subject to investment risks, including the possible loss of principal. The opinions and analysis in this report are accurate to the best of our knowledge and are based on information and sources that we consider to be reliable and appropriate for due consideration. The volatility of market conditions and any change from the basic set of assumptions used herein could lead to substantial differences in the projected results and conclusions in this report. All projections, prices and assumptions herein are subject to change without notice. We do not guarantee the results, performance or liquidity of the securities discussed and any strategy or investment selection remains your responsibility. This report is strictly for information purposes and is not intended as an offer or solicitation for any transaction. Tailored Wealth Investment Management is a division of Trustmark Wealth Management.