October Recap and November Outlook
Equity Markets in October
The S&P 500 was up 7.99%
The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 13.95%
The S&P Mid-Cap 400 returned 10.42%
The S&P Small-Cap 600 increased 12.27%
Source: S&P. All performance as of October 31, 2022
Earnings reports have begun and are better than expected. Of 276 issues reported, 191 have beaten estimates on revenue. Q3 2022 is expected to post an 11.9% gain over Q2 2022 and be up 0.8% over Q3 2021. Sales are expected to set a record, with a 1.9% increase over the Q2 2022
record and up 11.3% over Q3 2022, but this may be due to higher prices. Volatility continues to increase. Daily intraday volatility, measured by the daily high/low, increased to 2.14% from September’s 1.91%. It was 1.28% in August. Year-to-date volatility was 1.88%, compared to 2021 volatility of 0.97%, which was more in line with historical volatility.
The 10-year U.S. Treasury ended the month at 4.05%, up from 3.84% in September. The 30-year U.S. Treasury ended October at 4.17%, up from 3.78% last month. The Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index ended October down 1.29%. The year-to-date return at month end was -15.71%.
The Smart Investor
The Fed’s language on giving the economy time to adjust to rate increases has lowered expectations for the amount of upcoming interest rate moves. A 50-basis point move in December, and again in February now appear likely. Attention has shifted to how long the Fed will continue to increase rates.
Markets will likely remain driven by economic data releases, as we saw with the October payroll number out in early November. This means volatility will be elevated, as the fear of recession is still at the forefront.
As we enter the final months of the year, focusing on good housekeeping in your financial plan is important. High inflation has meant changes to social security benefits, tax brackets, and tax-efficient savings contribution limits. Taking time to assess where you can take advantage to increase savings or lower your overall tax picture, not just this year, but every year, makes sense.
Good housekeeping chores include:
Tax planning to take advantage of higher tax brackets
Utilize increased contribution limits on 401ks and HSAs
Revisit the amounts you are holding in cash in light of higher interest rates
Be proactive with year-end portfolio rebalancing and tax-loss harvesting
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