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By Grant Melancon
May 01, 2023
Investment Management

Portfolio Manager Commentary

May 1, 2023

The Portfolio Manager Commentary is provided by Trustmark’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.


Economic Outlook

The U.S. Index of Leading Economic Indicators was down 1.2% for March after having been down 0.50% for February. The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment reading came in at 63.5 for April, essentially flat with March. The Chicago Purchasing Managers’ Index was 48.6 for April versus 43.8 for March, both still contractionary. The NAHB Housing Index was 45.0 for April, up slightly from 44.0 for March, yet both also still contractionary. Finally, new U.S. Single-Family Home Sales came in at 683,000 annualized units in March versus 623,000 annualized units in February.

Fixed Income

The U.S. Treasury Yield Curve remains inverted, with the 10-year yield trading at 3.34%, 49 basis points below the 2-year yield of 3.83%. At its recent May meeting, the FOMC raised the Federal Funds target rate 0.25%, to a range of 5.00% -5.25%. The minutes of this meeting reflect that the FOMC may be close to ending its recent torrent of interest rate increases. After the meeting, Fed Chair Powell noted, “We feel we are getting closer, or maybe even there.”

Yield Curve

U.S. Treasury Yield Curve

Current Generic Bond Yields

Current Generic Bond Yields


US Equity finished the month positive as the S&P 500 index rose 1.60% for the month and is up 9.15% year-to-date. The month showed little trading as the VIX (a measurement of S&P 500 volatility) was at the lowest levels seen since November of 2021. Earnings were a big theme this month including positive takeaways such as better than expected regional bank results, FANMAG results, signs of consumer resiliency, and better trends around cost controls, inventories, and supply chain normalization.

More support for a soft-landing scenario was seen in healthy household spending and modest softening in labor markets; however, adversely the same dynamics that support a soft landing could also support the Fed’s higher-for-longer messaging. Future rate hikes by the Fed will continue to depend on if the economy continues to hum and inflation does not recede.

Growth (+11.16%) continues to lead year-to-date over value (+6.90%) with Communication Services (+25.13%), Technology (+21.46%), and Consumer Discretionary (+14.81%) leading sectors. Energy (-1.77%) and Financials (-2.57%) are struggling the most.

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.