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By Grant Melancon
June 15, 2023
Investment Management

Portfolio Manager Commentary

June 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. Productivity was down 2.1% for first quarter of 2023, while Unit Labor Costs were up 4.2% for the same quarter. The NFIB Small Business Index came in at 89.4 for May. The Markit Purchasing Managers Index was 48.4 for May while the ISM Manufacturing Index was 46.9. The Markit PMI Services Index for May was 54.9 while the ISM Services Index came in at 50.3, also for May. Industrial Production in the U.S. was down 0.2% in May, while Capacity Utilization was 79.6%. The U.S. Unemployment Rate was a low 3.7% in May. Producer Prices were down 0.3% in May and up 1.1% year over year. Consumer Prices were up 0.1% in May and up 4.0% year over year. Finally, Average Hourly Earnings were up 0.3% for May and up 4.3% year over year.

Fixed Income

The U.S. Treasury Yield Curve remains inverted, with the 10-year yield trading at 3.77%, 95 basis points below the 2-year yield of 4.72%. At its recent June meeting, the FOMC kept the Federal Funds target rate unchanged at a range of 5.00% -5.25%. The minutes of this meeting reflect that the FOMC remains strongly committed to keeping inflation down near 2% per year while maintaining full employment. The three-month and six-month U.S. Treasury Bills currently yield in a range of 5.22%-5.31%, which does not appear to price in much in the way of further interest rate increases at this time.

Yield Curve

U.S. Treasury Yield Curve

Current Generic Bond Yields

Current Generic Bond Yields

Equity

US equity hits a tailwind as the S&P 500 index gains 5% for the month and 15.15% year-to-date. The path of least resistance is up with the S&P 500 breaking an important resistance area (~4200), in which the index consolidated for multiple months without meaningful direction. Overall, this is a positive signal; however, one thing to watch is market breadth. This involves overall participation of stocks in an indexโ€™s returns and though the month of June has been a positive for breadth, the S&P 500โ€™s returns are mostly due to the top five stocks in the index (stocks such as Apple, Microsoft, Tesla, Nvidia, Netflix) which also make up roughly 25% of the index. For example, the equal weighted S&P 500 index (where each stock plays an equal part) is up 4.5% year-to-date, compared to the cap weighted index, which is up 15%. One thing to watch and another positive sign would be for the other 495 stocks in the index to continue their momentum further, driving positive returns and exhibiting strong market conviction to the upside.

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.