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By Anna Kate Rogers
July 01, 2024
Investment Management

Portfolio Manager Commentary

July 1, 2024

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

The Markit Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) logged a reading 51.6 for June, falling from 51.7 in May, whereas the ISM Manufacturing index for June was 48.5, falling from 48.7 in May. While both measures seek to identify expansion or contraction in the manufacturing sector, they currently paint differing pictures, since readings above 50 indicate economic expansion, and below 50 corresponds to contraction. Construction Spending decreased -0.10% for June, after a 0.30% increase in May. The June University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index came in at 68.2, down from 69.1. Sales of new single-family homes sank 11.3% month-over-month to an annualized rate of 619k in May, the lowest reading in six months. M2 money supply rose by $93.2 billion, hitting $20.963 trillion in May, reaching the highest in 15 months. Unemployment claims rose by 18,000 to 1,839,000 total as of the week ending June 15th, the highest since November 2021.

Fixed Income

The U.S. Treasury Yield Curve has been inverted since July 2022, one of the longest inversions on record in the modern era, as the Fed has kept target rate range at 5.25 to 5.50. Roughly 65% of the market bond and futures market is positioned for a Fed rate cut in September, and over 60% expecting two more rate cuts by the end of the year. The FOMC members most recent dot plot from the June meeting depicted an expectation of only 1 rate cut by the end of the year. Either the bond market is wrong (again), and will have to adjust to the Fedโ€™s outlook, or Fed is setting the US economy up for a hard landing, which the bond market has continually expected the last 18 months. During June, the 3M, 6M, 2Y, 3Y, and 10Y yields all decreased marginally, while the 5Y, 7Y, 20Y, 30Y all increased slightly, resulting in a somewhat flatter, but still inverted, curve.

Yield Curve

U.S. Treasury Yield Curve

Current Generic Bond Yields

Current Generic Bond Yields

Equity

The S&P 500 Large Cap Index is positive ~15% for the first half of the year, marking the best start to a presidential election year in history. Though the S&P 500 is off to a strong start, the Russell 2000 struggles comparatively with a ~1% return year-to-date, which marks the highest level of outperformance of US large cap to small cap since 1999, and the fourth consecutive year of small cap underperformance.

Year to date, the best performing sectors have been Information Technology (+27.79%), Communication Services (+26.09%), and Financials (+9.25%). The worst performing sectors this year have been Materials (+3.13%), Consumer Discretionary (+5.22%), and Real Estate (-4.14%).

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.