Fort Washington Private Client Group professionals share guidance and insights about essential wealth management topics, including an explanation of structured investments and why investors may be interested in them, the likely impact of tax reform, and ways to save for college.
The first half of 2023 was full of surprises. Bond yields surged initially and then subsequently fell back in early April when several regional banks encountered problems. By midyear, however, yields had risen again as the economy proved resilient to Fed rate hikes. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 Index, which had fluctuated in a broad trading range since mid-2022, broke decidedly to the upside in the second quarter, reaching its highest level since April 2022.
Many investors are uncertain about what to do with spare cash. Fortunately, for the first time in more than a decade, they can earn a reasonable return on their cash holdings now in money market funds.
A question often asked is, how long can the dollar retain its status as the world’s principal currency? There have been numerous occasions when commentators declared an end to the dollar’s dominance—only to be proven wrong.
The bond market experienced one of the most volatile quarters in history in the first quarter of 2023. There also remains uncertainty about how widespread issues are in the banking sector and how these could impact the economy as a whole. We believe that if a recession does transpire, it will be mild, as household and business balance sheets are strong.
On December 29, 2022, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, a spending bill authorizing $1.7 trillion in Federal spending, was signed into law. Included in that bill was the retirement bill SECURE Act 2.0.
2022 was one of the worst years for U.S. stocks and bonds, as inflation spiked to a four-decade high. Looking ahead, the key issue for investors is whether Fed tightening will spawn a U.S. recession. Fort Washington’s Senior Economic Advisor Nick Sargen shares a 2023 outlook for the economy and how we are positioning investment portfolios.
Nearly two thirds of economists foresee a U.S. recession in 2023, according to a recent Wall Street Journal survey. Economists are skeptical that the Federal Reserve can keep raising interest rates to cool inflation without causing businesses to lay off workers.
Equity markets have bounced back from the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the first quarter of 2020. Market recovery continues to date due to action from the Federal Reserve and Congress. Now, the focus moves to valuation and, in particular, if equity markets are overvalued.