Weekly Market Insights – Monday, June 10, 2024

Stocks Bounce Back Despite Mixed Reports:

Although stocks struggled early on, major indexes were able to post solid gains last week, driven by investor anticipation leading up to Friday’s jobs report.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average inched up 0.29% while the S&P 500 Index powered ahead 1.31%. The Nasdaq Composite led, picking up 2.38%. The MSCI EAFE Index tracks developed overseas stock markets and rose 1.29% for the week through Thursday’s close.1

All Eyes on the Jobs Report

Weak manufacturing data prompted declines early in the week, reflecting investor concerns over the economy’s strength. But stocks rallied in anticipation of the jobs report on Friday.
However, the market reaction was mixed when the stronger-than-expected jobs report finally came. The S&P 500 touched a record high intraday before profit-taking late in the session.2,3

Source: Charles Schwab & Co., Inc

The Catalyst That Wasn’t

The week closed with a jobs report that underscored the economy’s resilience while highlighting the data’s mixed nature.
The 272,000 jobs added in May were higher than the 190,000 economists expected. At the same time, wages rose 4.1% from a year ago. The strong jobs report and surprise wage increase supported the narrative that the Fed may now wait longer before considering a move on interest rates.4
Although inflation now exceeds the central bank’s 2% target, the jobs report suggests that economic growth remains powerful despite higher short-term rates.4

Source: Charles Schwab & Co., Inc

This Week: Key Economic Data

Source: Bloomberg Finance L.P.

This Week: Companies Reporting Earnings

Source: EarningsWhispers

At Concord Asset Management, we design portfolios for the long run, with the ability to navigate various market cycles. However, you can have confidence that we are monitoring these market-moving events, and we will make reasonable, tactical adjustments as necessary.

Author

Gary Aiken
Chief Investment Officer
Concord Asset Management

Footnotes and Sources

1The Wall Street Journal, June 7, 2024
2CNBC.com, June 6, 2024
3The Wall Street Journal, June 7, 2024
4The Wall Street Journal, June 7, 2024

The companies mentioned are for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of the securities. Investing involves risks, and investment decisions should be based on your own goals, time horizon, and tolerance for risk. The return and principal value of investments will fluctuate as market conditions change. When sold, investments may be worth more or less than their original cost. The forecasts or forward-looking statements are based on assumptions, may not materialize, and are subject to revision without notice. The market indexes discussed are unmanaged and generally considered representative of their respective markets. Index performance is not indicative of the past performance of a particular investment. Indexes do not incur management fees, costs, and expenses. Individuals cannot directly invest in unmanaged indexes. Past performance does not guarantee future results. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is an unmanaged index that is generally considered representative of large-capitalization companies on the U.S. stock market. Nasdaq Composite is an index of the common stocks and similar securities listed on the NASDAQ stock market and is considered a broad indicator of the performance of technology and growth companies. The MSCI EAFE Index was created by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) and serves as a benchmark of the performance of major international equity markets, as represented by 21 major MSCI indexes from Europe, Australia, and Southeast Asia. The S&P 500 Composite Index is an unmanaged group of securities that are considered to be representative of the stock market in general. U.S. Treasury Notes are guaranteed by the federal government as to the timely payment of principal and interest. However, if you sell a Treasury Note prior to maturity, it may be worth more or less than the original price paid. Fixed income investments are subject to various risks, including changes in interest rates, credit quality, inflation risk, market valuations, prepayments, corporate events, tax ramifications, and other factors. International investments carry additional risks, which include differences in financial reporting standards, currency exchange rates, political risks unique to a specific country, foreign taxes and regulations, and the potential for illiquid markets. These factors may result in greater share price volatility. Please consult your financial professional for additional information. This content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The information in this material is not intended as tax or legal advice. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. The opinions expressed and material provided are for general information, and they should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security.

Concord Asset Management, LLC (“CAM”) is a registered investment advisor with the Securities and Exchange Commission. CAM is affiliated, and shares advisory personnel with Concord Wealth Partners (“CWP”). CAM offers advisory services, including customized sub-advisory solutions, to other registered investment advisers and/or institutional managers, including its affiliate, Concord Wealth Partners, LLC. CAM’s investment advisory services are only offered to current or prospective clients where CAM and its investment adviser representatives are properly licensed or exempt from licensure.

The information provided in this commentary is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute investment advice and it should not be relied on as such. It should not be considered a solicitation to buy or an offer to sell a security. It does not take into account any investor’s particular investment objectives, strategies, tax status, or investment horizon. You should consult your attorney or tax advisor.

The views expressed in this commentary are subject to change based on the market and other conditions. These documents may contain certain statements that may be deemed forward‐looking statements. Please note that any such statements are not guarantees of any future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected. Any projections, market outlooks, or estimates are based upon certain assumptions and should not be construed as indicative of actual events that will occur.

Please remember that past performance may not be indicative of future results. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that the future performance of any specific investment, investment strategy, or product (including the investments and/or investment strategies recommended or undertaken by CAM or its affiliates, or any non-investment related content, made reference to directly or indirectly in this newsletter will be profitable, equal any corresponding indicated historical performance level(s), be suitable for your portfolio or individual situation or prove successful. Due to various factors, including changing market conditions and/or applicable laws, the content may no longer be reflective of current opinions or positions. Moreover, you should not assume that any discussion or information contained in this newsletter serves as the receipt of, or as a substitute for, personalized investment advice from CAM or CWP. To the extent that a reader has any questions regarding the applicability of any specific issue discussed above to his/her individual situation, he/she is encouraged to consult with the professional advisor of his/her choosing. CAM and CWP are neither law firms nor certified public accounting firms, and no portion of the newsletter content should be construed as legal or accounting advice. A copy of CAM’s current written disclosure Brochure discussing our advisory services and fees is available upon request or at https://concordassetmgmt.com/

Please Note: If you are a CAM or CWP client, please remember to contact us, in writing, if there are any changes in your personal/financial situation or investment objectives for the purpose of reviewing/evaluating/revising our previous recommendations and/or services, or if you would like to impose, add, or to modify any reasonable restrictions to our investment advisory services. CAM and CWP shall continue to rely on the accuracy of the information that you have provided. Please Note: If you are a CAM or CWP client, strong>please advise us if you have not been receiving account statements (at least quarterly) from the account custodian.

Tough Times for the Treasury

By Gary Aiken | June 6, 2024

May was a good month for U.S. stocks. Earnings reports continued to roll in, showing corporate profits increasing at an 8-10% pace year over year. Concurrently, slightly lower long-term bond yields led to an expansion in the price-to-earnings multiple for U.S. stocks. Still, underlying concerns have been simmering beneath the surface for some time. I believe these concerns might resurface, causing short-term unease among investors and long-term implications for citizens.
Despite the heady optimism of corporate earnings and positive returns in the stock market, one event near the end of May that went largely unnoticed by many deserves some scrutiny. On May 28, the United States Treasury sold 2-year and 5-year notes to fund the government. While the government sold the bonds it needed to sell, it was forced to sell them at a lower price (higher yield) than anticipated amid tepid demand. This demand is measured by the “bid-to-cover ratio.” This indicates the amount of demand at the auction in relation to the amount of treasury securities to be sold. On May 28, the bid-to-cover ratios for the 2-year and 5-year auctions were 2.41 and 2.3, respectively. These levels don’t mean anything on their own, but they were the lowest levels in several quarters and for 5-year notes were at the bottom end of a downward trend.

The Bid-to-Cover Ratio for 5-Year Notes Has Been Declining for 10 Years

Sources: U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bloomberg Finance, L.P.

The downward trend showing generally weakening Treasury demand is paired with supply increases that are likely to move dramatically higher for the foreseeable future – at least according to the Congressional Budget Office. Supply may rise for several reasons, but they all boil down to larger fiscal deficits. These growing budget deficits have largely been predicted in the past to be primarily due to mandatory healthcare and social security spending. However, with interest rates at 5% and maintaining at that level or higher, interest on the existing debt may quickly become the number one driver of future deficits.

Total Deficits, Primary Deficits, and Net Interest Overlays

Sources: Congressional Budget Office

Like a person living paycheck to paycheck and borrowing on credit cards to finance an extravagant lifestyle, debt becomes a killer. As creditors find the borrower less creditworthy, the interest rate inevitably goes up. The hope is that this pain results in a behavior change where the borrower cuts expenditures and pays down the debt or refinances that debt to another lender. An individual can get away with shifting hundreds and even thousands of dollars of liabilities to other lenders or changing spending preferences. It is harder for the largest debtor in the world – the United States with $34.6 trillion in debt – to do the same. For the United States, changing our ways would require 435 House members, 100 Senators, and the President to be largely on the same page – a daunting ask in today’s political climate.
This isn’t to say that the United States faces an imminent default or that there is some immediate danger. There is still a healthy appetite for U.S. Treasury securities from foreigners, pension funds, insurance companies, and investment managers like Concord, who purchase Treasury securities for clients either directly or through ETFs. Also, soon enough, the Federal Reserve will no longer be a seller of Treasury securities as its “Quantitative Tightening” program will end. Finally, the world needs the ample liquidity only our Treasury market can provide to grease global capitalism.
The May 28 auctions might have been the canary in the coal mine, though. Investors like Concord are not willing to go very far out on the curve to buy long-dated Treasury debt when the forecasted supply-demand imbalance will almost certainly result in higher interest rates in the future. Primary dealers (institutions required to bid at auctions) are likely to bid up yields at auctions in the future to ensure that if they are forced to make concessions to sell in the secondary market, they still make a profit. Over time, this inching of up yields can continue until the borrower gets its fiscal house in order.
Which, of course, leads to the exciting (or dreadful, depending on your perspective) event that will occur at the end of June. On June 27, the first of two presidential debates will occur. The likelihood that questions about deficits and debt will come up is high. However, it is also likely that both candidates will promise not to touch one of the major drivers – entitlement spending. The ability to talk past a problem is something at which politicians excel. Investment managers entrusted with client dollars are not so lucky.
At Concord, we’ll be watching the next Treasury Note auctions on June 6th and 20th more carefully than the debate. We’ll also be watching for economic data as it rolls in to better understand how growth and inflation are changing. To the extent that data confirms our base case of economic growth continuing at a 2% pace and inflation remaining stagnant around 3%, 5% bond yields will become more accepted as not terribly restrictive for the U.S. economy. The economy, the average consumer, and the investor can enjoy life at a 5% interest rate. It’s the U.S. Treasury and long maturity bondholders that may feel the pain these higher interest rates bring.

Author

Gary Aiken, Chief Investment Officer

Gary Aiken is the Chief Investment Officer for Concord Asset Management and is responsible for macroeconomic analysis, asset allocation, and security selection, as well as trading and investment operations.

Gary has over 21 years of investment experience and holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Maryland and an MBA from The George Washington University School of Business.

Concord Asset Management, LLC (“CAM”) is a registered investment advisor with the Securities and Exchange Commission. CAM is affiliated and shares advisory personnel with Concord Wealth Partners (“CWP”). CAM offers advisory services, including customized sub-advisory solutions, to other registered investment advisers and/or institutional managers, including its affiliate, Concord Wealth Partners, LLC. CAM’s investment advisory services are only offered to current or prospective clients where CAM and its investment adviser representatives are properly licensed or exempt from licensure. The information in this article includes the opinions of the author and may not accurately reflect the opinions or values of Concord Wealth Partners or its affiliates.

Please remember that past performance may not be indicative of future results. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that the future performance of any specific investment, investment strategy, or product (including the investments and/or investment strategies recommended or undertaken by CAM, or any non-investment related content, made reference to directly or indirectly in this newsletter) will be profitable, equal any corresponding indicated historical performance level(s), be suitable for your portfolio or individual situation, or prove successful. Due to various factors, including changing market conditions and/or applicable laws, the content may no longer be reflective of current opinions or positions. Moreover, you should not assume that any discussion or information contained in this newsletter serves as the receipt of, or as a substitute for, personalized investment advice from CAM.

To the extent that a reader has any questions regarding the applicability of any specific issue discussed above to their individual situation, he/she is encouraged to consult with the professional advisor of their choosing. CAM and CWP are neither law firms, nor certified public accounting firms, and no portion of the newsletter content should be construed as legal or accounting advice. A copy of CAM’s current written disclosure Brochure discussing our advisory services and fees is available upon request or at www.concordassetmgmt.com. Please Note: If you are a CAM or CWP client, please remember to contact us, in writing, if there are any changes in your personal/financial situation or investment objectives for the purpose of reviewing/evaluating/revising our previous recommendations and/or services, or if you would like to impose, add, or to modify any reasonable restrictions to our investment advisory services. CAM and CWP shall continue to rely on the accuracy of information that you have provided. Please Note: If you are a CAM or CWP client, please advise us if you have not been receiving account statements (at least quarterly) from the account custodian.

Weekly Market Insights – Monday, June 3, 2024

Stocks Dip on Downbeat Economic Indicators:

In the final week of May, stocks dipped as new reports on economic growth and inflation failed to inspire investors. Despite a strong rally on Friday, markets closed slightly lower for the holiday-shortened week.

Stocks Slide

Markets shrugged off news that the Q1 Gross Domestic Product was revised lower to 1.3 percent from the initial estimated 1.6 percent. Despite concerns that the economy was cooling faster than expected, investors didn’t believe the update was enough to influence the Fed’s decision about adjusting short-term rates.1
On Friday, investors were on edge waiting for the update on inflation. The Fed’s preferred inflation indicator, the Personal Consumption Expenditures Index (PCE), rose 0.2 percent in April, which was in line with forecasts.2
Stocks rose slightly in pre-market trading on the news but were under pressure throughout the day as investors digested the inflation update. But in the last hour of trading, stock staged a powerful rally led by the Dow, which had its best day of the year.2

Source: Charles Schwab & Co., Inc

Is Bad News Good News?

On the economic front, last week’s news was generally disappointing. The update on Q1 GDP was a bit discouraging, and several Fed officials gave seemingly more hawkish updates. Also, the Fed’s “Beige Book” revealed modest economic growth nationwide.
Yet despite the drumbeat of bad news, stocks were resilient and closed only slightly lower for the holiday-shortened week.3

Source: Charles Schwab & Co., Inc

This Week: Key Economic Data

Source: Bloomberg Finance L.P.

This Week: Companies Reporting Earnings

Source: EarningsWhispers

At Concord Asset Management, we design portfolios for the long run, with the ability to navigate various market cycles. However, you can have confidence that we are monitoring these market-moving events, and we will make reasonable, tactical adjustments as necessary.

Author

Gary Aiken
Chief Investment Officer
Concord Asset Management

Footnotes and Sources

1CNBC.com, May 30, 2024
2CNBC.com, May 31, 2024
3Investors Business Daily, May 30, 2024

The companies mentioned are for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of the securities. Investing involves risks, and investment decisions should be based on your own goals, time horizon, and tolerance for risk. The return and principal value of investments will fluctuate as market conditions change. When sold, investments may be worth more or less than their original cost. The forecasts or forward-looking statements are based on assumptions, may not materialize, and are subject to revision without notice. The market indexes discussed are unmanaged and generally considered representative of their respective markets. Index performance is not indicative of the past performance of a particular investment. Indexes do not incur management fees, costs, and expenses. Individuals cannot directly invest in unmanaged indexes. Past performance does not guarantee future results. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is an unmanaged index that is generally considered representative of large-capitalization companies on the U.S. stock market. Nasdaq Composite is an index of the common stocks and similar securities listed on the NASDAQ stock market and is considered a broad indicator of the performance of technology and growth companies. The MSCI EAFE Index was created by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) and serves as a benchmark of the performance of major international equity markets, as represented by 21 major MSCI indexes from Europe, Australia, and Southeast Asia. The S&P 500 Composite Index is an unmanaged group of securities that are considered to be representative of the stock market in general. U.S. Treasury Notes are guaranteed by the federal government as to the timely payment of principal and interest. However, if you sell a Treasury Note prior to maturity, it may be worth more or less than the original price paid. Fixed income investments are subject to various risks, including changes in interest rates, credit quality, inflation risk, market valuations, prepayments, corporate events, tax ramifications, and other factors. International investments carry additional risks, which include differences in financial reporting standards, currency exchange rates, political risks unique to a specific country, foreign taxes and regulations, and the potential for illiquid markets. These factors may result in greater share price volatility. Please consult your financial professional for additional information. This content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The information in this material is not intended as tax or legal advice. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. The opinions expressed and material provided are for general information, and they should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security.

Concord Asset Management, LLC (“CAM”) is a registered investment advisor with the Securities and Exchange Commission. CAM is affiliated, and shares advisory personnel with Concord Wealth Partners (“CWP”). CAM offers advisory services, including customized sub-advisory solutions, to other registered investment advisers and/or institutional managers, including its affiliate, Concord Wealth Partners, LLC. CAM’s investment advisory services are only offered to current or prospective clients where CAM and its investment adviser representatives are properly licensed or exempt from licensure.

The information provided in this commentary is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute investment advice and it should not be relied on as such. It should not be considered a solicitation to buy or an offer to sell a security. It does not take into account any investor’s particular investment objectives, strategies, tax status, or investment horizon. You should consult your attorney or tax advisor.

The views expressed in this commentary are subject to change based on the market and other conditions. These documents may contain certain statements that may be deemed forward‐looking statements. Please note that any such statements are not guarantees of any future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected. Any projections, market outlooks, or estimates are based upon certain assumptions and should not be construed as indicative of actual events that will occur.

Please remember that past performance may not be indicative of future results. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that the future performance of any specific investment, investment strategy, or product (including the investments and/or investment strategies recommended or undertaken by CAM or its affiliates, or any non-investment related content, made reference to directly or indirectly in this newsletter will be profitable, equal any corresponding indicated historical performance level(s), be suitable for your portfolio or individual situation or prove successful. Due to various factors, including changing market conditions and/or applicable laws, the content may no longer be reflective of current opinions or positions. Moreover, you should not assume that any discussion or information contained in this newsletter serves as the receipt of, or as a substitute for, personalized investment advice from CAM or CWP. To the extent that a reader has any questions regarding the applicability of any specific issue discussed above to his/her individual situation, he/she is encouraged to consult with the professional advisor of his/her choosing. CAM and CWP are neither law firms nor certified public accounting firms, and no portion of the newsletter content should be construed as legal or accounting advice. A copy of CAM’s current written disclosure Brochure discussing our advisory services and fees is available upon request or at https://concordassetmgmt.com/

Please Note: If you are a CAM or CWP client, please remember to contact us, in writing, if there are any changes in your personal/financial situation or investment objectives for the purpose of reviewing/evaluating/revising our previous recommendations and/or services, or if you would like to impose, add, or to modify any reasonable restrictions to our investment advisory services. CAM and CWP shall continue to rely on the accuracy of the information that you have provided. Please Note: If you are a CAM or CWP client, strong>please advise us if you have not been receiving account statements (at least quarterly) from the account custodian.

Weekly Market Insights – Tuesday, May 28, 2024

AI Headlines Mixed Week for Stocks:

Market performance fluctuated last week following the release of the Fed’s May meeting minutes, while a few mega-cap tech companies were able to buck the trend with notable quarterly earnings.

Market Splits

Stocks began trading in a narrow band last week. Still, mega-cap tech names rallied in anticipation of the Q1 corporate report from a key company that makes semiconductors for artificial intelligence. This enthusiasm lifted the Nasdaq to fresh records.

Source: Charles Schwab & Co., Inc

Federal Reserve news mid-week unsettled investors, who reacted to Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting notes that stated some Fed officials worried over the lack of progress on inflation.1
Technology was the sole winning group for the week, with all other S&P 500 industry sectors finishing in the red.2

Source: Charles Schwab & Co., Inc

Bucking the Trend?

One of the handful of companies bucking the trend last week was Nvidia.
The semiconductor maker — the fifth largest company in the S&P 500 by market capitalization, thanks to their prominent role in AI — reported that its Q1 sales tripled from a year ago. The company also announced a 10-to-1 stock split. The news pushed its market cap to over $2 trillion.3
The companies mentioned are for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of the securities.
To some on Wall Street, Nvidia is the bellwether for the AI industry. By one estimate, the entire AI market is nearly $300 billion for this year — more than 3x the market’s size of $95 billion just three years ago. By 2030, that estimate may reach $1.8 trillion.4
Remember that forecasts rely on assumptions and may undergo revisions over time. Financial, economic, political, and regulatory issues may cause the actual results to differ from the expectations expressed in the forecast.

This Week: Key Economic Data

Source: Bloomberg Finance L.P.

This Week: Companies Reporting Earnings

Source: EarningsWhispers

At Concord Asset Management, we design portfolios for the long run, with the ability to navigate various market cycles. However, you can have confidence that we are monitoring these market-moving events, and we will make reasonable, tactical adjustments as necessary.

Author

Gary Aiken
Chief Investment Officer
Concord Asset Management

Footnotes and Sources

1The Wall Street Journal, May 22, 2024
2SectorSPDRs.com, May 24, 2024
3The Wall Street Journal, May 22, 2024
4Statista.com, May 24, 2024

The companies mentioned are for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of the securities. Investing involves risks, and investment decisions should be based on your own goals, time horizon, and tolerance for risk. The return and principal value of investments will fluctuate as market conditions change. When sold, investments may be worth more or less than their original cost. The forecasts or forward-looking statements are based on assumptions, may not materialize, and are subject to revision without notice. The market indexes discussed are unmanaged and generally considered representative of their respective markets. Index performance is not indicative of the past performance of a particular investment. Indexes do not incur management fees, costs, and expenses. Individuals cannot directly invest in unmanaged indexes. Past performance does not guarantee future results. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is an unmanaged index that is generally considered representative of large-capitalization companies on the U.S. stock market. Nasdaq Composite is an index of the common stocks and similar securities listed on the NASDAQ stock market and is considered a broad indicator of the performance of technology and growth companies. The MSCI EAFE Index was created by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) and serves as a benchmark of the performance of major international equity markets, as represented by 21 major MSCI indexes from Europe, Australia, and Southeast Asia. The S&P 500 Composite Index is an unmanaged group of securities that are considered to be representative of the stock market in general. U.S. Treasury Notes are guaranteed by the federal government as to the timely payment of principal and interest. However, if you sell a Treasury Note prior to maturity, it may be worth more or less than the original price paid. Fixed income investments are subject to various risks, including changes in interest rates, credit quality, inflation risk, market valuations, prepayments, corporate events, tax ramifications, and other factors. International investments carry additional risks, which include differences in financial reporting standards, currency exchange rates, political risks unique to a specific country, foreign taxes and regulations, and the potential for illiquid markets. These factors may result in greater share price volatility. Please consult your financial professional for additional information. This content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The information in this material is not intended as tax or legal advice. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. The opinions expressed and material provided are for general information, and they should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security.

Concord Asset Management, LLC (“CAM”) is a registered investment advisor with the Securities and Exchange Commission. CAM is affiliated, and shares advisory personnel with Concord Wealth Partners (“CWP”). CAM offers advisory services, including customized sub-advisory solutions, to other registered investment advisers and/or institutional managers, including its affiliate, Concord Wealth Partners, LLC. CAM’s investment advisory services are only offered to current or prospective clients where CAM and its investment adviser representatives are properly licensed or exempt from licensure.

The information provided in this commentary is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute investment advice and it should not be relied on as such. It should not be considered a solicitation to buy or an offer to sell a security. It does not take into account any investor’s particular investment objectives, strategies, tax status, or investment horizon. You should consult your attorney or tax advisor.

The views expressed in this commentary are subject to change based on the market and other conditions. These documents may contain certain statements that may be deemed forward‐looking statements. Please note that any such statements are not guarantees of any future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected. Any projections, market outlooks, or estimates are based upon certain assumptions and should not be construed as indicative of actual events that will occur.

Please remember that past performance may not be indicative of future results. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that the future performance of any specific investment, investment strategy, or product (including the investments and/or investment strategies recommended or undertaken by CAM or its affiliates, or any non-investment related content, made reference to directly or indirectly in this newsletter will be profitable, equal any corresponding indicated historical performance level(s), be suitable for your portfolio or individual situation or prove successful. Due to various factors, including changing market conditions and/or applicable laws, the content may no longer be reflective of current opinions or positions. Moreover, you should not assume that any discussion or information contained in this newsletter serves as the receipt of, or as a substitute for, personalized investment advice from CAM or CWP. To the extent that a reader has any questions regarding the applicability of any specific issue discussed above to his/her individual situation, he/she is encouraged to consult with the professional advisor of his/her choosing. CAM and CWP are neither law firms nor certified public accounting firms, and no portion of the newsletter content should be construed as legal or accounting advice. A copy of CAM’s current written disclosure Brochure discussing our advisory services and fees is available upon request or at https://concordassetmgmt.com/

Please Note: If you are a CAM or CWP client, please remember to contact us, in writing, if there are any changes in your personal/financial situation or investment objectives for the purpose of reviewing/evaluating/revising our previous recommendations and/or services, or if you would like to impose, add, or to modify any reasonable restrictions to our investment advisory services. CAM and CWP shall continue to rely on the accuracy of the information that you have provided. Please Note: If you are a CAM or CWP client, strong>please advise us if you have not been receiving account statements (at least quarterly) from the account custodian.

Weekly Market Insights – Monday, May 20, 2024

Spring Rally Continues as Investors Await Fed Rate Change:

Stocks saw more impressive gains last week, fueled by renewed optimism about interest rate cuts and confidence in mega-cap tech companies.

Dow 40,000

The week began quietly as market averages traded in a tight range, awaiting fresh inflation news. On Tuesday, markets rose steadily throughout the day after digesting a mixed wholesale inflation report.1
The next day, a cooler-than-expected Consumer Price Index (CPI) report sparked a broad-based rally as the upbeat news raised investors’ hopes for a rate cut. The Nasdaq Composite and Standard & Poor’s 500 (which ended above 5300 for the first time) closed the day up 1.4 percent and 1.2 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, the bellwether 10-year Treasury yield fell to 4.35 percent.2,3
Investors took a break as the week ended, mostly yawning at mixed economic data. Notably, the Dow closed just above 40,000 on Friday.

Source: Charles Schwab & Co., Inc

Inflated Expectations

With the two critical inflation updates last week, attention shifted to the Federal Reserve’s next steps with interest rates.
The top-level CPI numbers, known as headline inflation tend to be less important than what’s underneath: core inflation (CPI minus volatile food and energy prices) in the Fed’s eye. Core CPI came in at 0.29 percent for April, just below the 0.30 percent from Wall Street. It was the first time the core CPI was lower than forecasts in three months. The news revived speculation that the Fed might consider a rate adjustment as early as September.4,5

Source: Charles Schwab & Co., Inc

This Week: Key Economic Data

Source: Bloomberg Finance L.P.

This Week: Companies Reporting Earnings

Source: EarningsWhispers

At Concord Asset Management, we design portfolios for the long run, with the ability to navigate various market cycles. However, you can have confidence that we are monitoring these market-moving events, and we will make reasonable, tactical adjustments as necessary.

Author

Gary Aiken
Chief Investment Officer
Concord Asset Management

Footnotes and Sources

1CNBC.com, May 14, 2024
2The Wall Street Journal, May 15, 2024
3CNBC.com, May 17, 2024
4CNBC.com, May 14, 2024
5The Wall Street Journal, May 15, 2024

The companies mentioned are for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of the securities. Investing involves risks, and investment decisions should be based on your own goals, time horizon, and tolerance for risk. The return and principal value of investments will fluctuate as market conditions change. When sold, investments may be worth more or less than their original cost. The forecasts or forward-looking statements are based on assumptions, may not materialize, and are subject to revision without notice. The market indexes discussed are unmanaged and generally considered representative of their respective markets. Index performance is not indicative of the past performance of a particular investment. Indexes do not incur management fees, costs, and expenses. Individuals cannot directly invest in unmanaged indexes. Past performance does not guarantee future results. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is an unmanaged index that is generally considered representative of large-capitalization companies on the U.S. stock market. Nasdaq Composite is an index of the common stocks and similar securities listed on the NASDAQ stock market and is considered a broad indicator of the performance of technology and growth companies. The MSCI EAFE Index was created by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) and serves as a benchmark of the performance of major international equity markets, as represented by 21 major MSCI indexes from Europe, Australia, and Southeast Asia. The S&P 500 Composite Index is an unmanaged group of securities that are considered to be representative of the stock market in general. U.S. Treasury Notes are guaranteed by the federal government as to the timely payment of principal and interest. However, if you sell a Treasury Note prior to maturity, it may be worth more or less than the original price paid. Fixed income investments are subject to various risks, including changes in interest rates, credit quality, inflation risk, market valuations, prepayments, corporate events, tax ramifications, and other factors. International investments carry additional risks, which include differences in financial reporting standards, currency exchange rates, political risks unique to a specific country, foreign taxes and regulations, and the potential for illiquid markets. These factors may result in greater share price volatility. Please consult your financial professional for additional information. This content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The information in this material is not intended as tax or legal advice. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. The opinions expressed and material provided are for general information, and they should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security.

Concord Asset Management, LLC (“CAM”) is a registered investment advisor with the Securities and Exchange Commission. CAM is affiliated, and shares advisory personnel with Concord Wealth Partners (“CWP”). CAM offers advisory services, including customized sub-advisory solutions, to other registered investment advisers and/or institutional managers, including its affiliate, Concord Wealth Partners, LLC. CAM’s investment advisory services are only offered to current or prospective clients where CAM and its investment adviser representatives are properly licensed or exempt from licensure.

The information provided in this commentary is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute investment advice and it should not be relied on as such. It should not be considered a solicitation to buy or an offer to sell a security. It does not take into account any investor’s particular investment objectives, strategies, tax status, or investment horizon. You should consult your attorney or tax advisor.

The views expressed in this commentary are subject to change based on the market and other conditions. These documents may contain certain statements that may be deemed forward‐looking statements. Please note that any such statements are not guarantees of any future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected. Any projections, market outlooks, or estimates are based upon certain assumptions and should not be construed as indicative of actual events that will occur.

Please remember that past performance may not be indicative of future results. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that the future performance of any specific investment, investment strategy, or product (including the investments and/or investment strategies recommended or undertaken by CAM or its affiliates, or any non-investment related content, made reference to directly or indirectly in this newsletter will be profitable, equal any corresponding indicated historical performance level(s), be suitable for your portfolio or individual situation or prove successful. Due to various factors, including changing market conditions and/or applicable laws, the content may no longer be reflective of current opinions or positions. Moreover, you should not assume that any discussion or information contained in this newsletter serves as the receipt of, or as a substitute for, personalized investment advice from CAM or CWP. To the extent that a reader has any questions regarding the applicability of any specific issue discussed above to his/her individual situation, he/she is encouraged to consult with the professional advisor of his/her choosing. CAM and CWP are neither law firms nor certified public accounting firms, and no portion of the newsletter content should be construed as legal or accounting advice. A copy of CAM’s current written disclosure Brochure discussing our advisory services and fees is available upon request or at https://concordassetmgmt.com/

Please Note: If you are a CAM or CWP client, please remember to contact us, in writing, if there are any changes in your personal/financial situation or investment objectives for the purpose of reviewing/evaluating/revising our previous recommendations and/or services, or if you would like to impose, add, or to modify any reasonable restrictions to our investment advisory services. CAM and CWP shall continue to rely on the accuracy of the information that you have provided. Please Note: If you are a CAM or CWP client, strong>please advise us if you have not been receiving account statements (at least quarterly) from the account custodian.

Weekly Market Insights – Monday, May 13, 2024

Stocks Climb as Investors Anticipate Possible Rate Cut:

Markets experienced notable gains last week, driven largely by growing investor anticipation of interest rate cuts. This optimism continued to fuel the recent rally, providing a welcomed boost with Q1 earnings season winding down.

Stocks Rise Steadily

Monday opened with stocks picking up where they left off the prior Friday. Stocks were still basking in the afterglow of fresh jobs data, which eased investor concerns of an overheating economy. That and reports of a possible Middle East ceasefire fueled Monday’s rally.1
Stocks hung out in a narrow trading band Tuesday and Wednesday, yawning at the sparse economic news and a handful of negative earnings results. By contrast, the Nasdaq edged lower over those two days.2,3
On Thursday, the S&P 500 closed above 5,200 for the first time since early April. The next day, stocks rallied, and the Dow clinched its eighth consecutive day of gains, the longest winning streak since December and its best weekly performance this year. Fresh data showed consumers continue to have inflation concerns for the year ahead, which was unsettling.4,5

Source: Charles Schwab & Co., Inc

Jobs Market Shows a “Goldilocks” Outlook

Jobs data from the past few months have shown unemployment levels remain low while job growth stays strong—but not too hot.
And last week’s Conference Board’s employment trends index for April projected slower jobs growth in the second half. The markets all year have responded well when the “Goldilocks” outlook suggests that economic indicators are “just right.”6

Source: Charles Schwab & Co., Inc

This Week: Key Economic Data

Source: Bloomberg Finance L.P.

This Week: Companies Reporting Earnings

Source: EarningsWhispers

At Concord Asset Management, we design portfolios for the long run, with the ability to navigate various market cycles. However, you can have confidence that we are monitoring these market-moving events, and we will make reasonable, tactical adjustments as necessary.

Author

Gary Aiken
Chief Investment Officer
Concord Asset Management

Footnotes and Sources

1The Wall Street Journal, May 10, 2024
2The Wall Street Journal, May 7, 2024
3The Wall Street Journal, May 8, 2024
4CNBC.com, May 9, 2024
5The Wall Street Journal, May 10, 2024
6The Wall Street Journal, May 10, 2024

The companies mentioned are for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of the securities. Investing involves risks, and investment decisions should be based on your own goals, time horizon, and tolerance for risk. The return and principal value of investments will fluctuate as market conditions change. When sold, investments may be worth more or less than their original cost. The forecasts or forward-looking statements are based on assumptions, may not materialize, and are subject to revision without notice. The market indexes discussed are unmanaged and generally considered representative of their respective markets. Index performance is not indicative of the past performance of a particular investment. Indexes do not incur management fees, costs, and expenses. Individuals cannot directly invest in unmanaged indexes. Past performance does not guarantee future results. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is an unmanaged index that is generally considered representative of large-capitalization companies on the U.S. stock market. Nasdaq Composite is an index of the common stocks and similar securities listed on the NASDAQ stock market and is considered a broad indicator of the performance of technology and growth companies. The MSCI EAFE Index was created by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) and serves as a benchmark of the performance of major international equity markets, as represented by 21 major MSCI indexes from Europe, Australia, and Southeast Asia. The S&P 500 Composite Index is an unmanaged group of securities that are considered to be representative of the stock market in general. U.S. Treasury Notes are guaranteed by the federal government as to the timely payment of principal and interest. However, if you sell a Treasury Note prior to maturity, it may be worth more or less than the original price paid. Fixed income investments are subject to various risks, including changes in interest rates, credit quality, inflation risk, market valuations, prepayments, corporate events, tax ramifications, and other factors. International investments carry additional risks, which include differences in financial reporting standards, currency exchange rates, political risks unique to a specific country, foreign taxes and regulations, and the potential for illiquid markets. These factors may result in greater share price volatility. Please consult your financial professional for additional information. This content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The information in this material is not intended as tax or legal advice. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. The opinions expressed and material provided are for general information, and they should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security.

Concord Asset Management, LLC (“CAM”) is a registered investment advisor with the Securities and Exchange Commission. CAM is affiliated, and shares advisory personnel with Concord Wealth Partners (“CWP”). CAM offers advisory services, including customized sub-advisory solutions, to other registered investment advisers and/or institutional managers, including its affiliate, Concord Wealth Partners, LLC. CAM’s investment advisory services are only offered to current or prospective clients where CAM and its investment adviser representatives are properly licensed or exempt from licensure.

The information provided in this commentary is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute investment advice and it should not be relied on as such. It should not be considered a solicitation to buy or an offer to sell a security. It does not take into account any investor’s particular investment objectives, strategies, tax status, or investment horizon. You should consult your attorney or tax advisor.

The views expressed in this commentary are subject to change based on the market and other conditions. These documents may contain certain statements that may be deemed forward‐looking statements. Please note that any such statements are not guarantees of any future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected. Any projections, market outlooks, or estimates are based upon certain assumptions and should not be construed as indicative of actual events that will occur.

Please remember that past performance may not be indicative of future results. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that the future performance of any specific investment, investment strategy, or product (including the investments and/or investment strategies recommended or undertaken by CAM or its affiliates, or any non-investment related content, made reference to directly or indirectly in this newsletter will be profitable, equal any corresponding indicated historical performance level(s), be suitable for your portfolio or individual situation or prove successful. Due to various factors, including changing market conditions and/or applicable laws, the content may no longer be reflective of current opinions or positions. Moreover, you should not assume that any discussion or information contained in this newsletter serves as the receipt of, or as a substitute for, personalized investment advice from CAM or CWP. To the extent that a reader has any questions regarding the applicability of any specific issue discussed above to his/her individual situation, he/she is encouraged to consult with the professional advisor of his/her choosing. CAM and CWP are neither law firms nor certified public accounting firms, and no portion of the newsletter content should be construed as legal or accounting advice. A copy of CAM’s current written disclosure Brochure discussing our advisory services and fees is available upon request or at https://concordassetmgmt.com/

Please Note: If you are a CAM or CWP client, please remember to contact us, in writing, if there are any changes in your personal/financial situation or investment objectives for the purpose of reviewing/evaluating/revising our previous recommendations and/or services, or if you would like to impose, add, or to modify any reasonable restrictions to our investment advisory services. CAM and CWP shall continue to rely on the accuracy of the information that you have provided. Please Note: If you are a CAM or CWP client, strong>please advise us if you have not been receiving account statements (at least quarterly) from the account custodian.

You Call This Stagflation? What’s Up With That?

By Gary Aiken | May 9, 2024

For the first time in seven months, following an impressive rally that saw the S&P 500 surge by nearly 28% from last year’s October lows, stocks declined this April. In my October 2023 analysis, I noted how much negativity was embedded in market participants’ positioning and alluded to the idea that buying stocks might not be a terrible thing to do. Here we are in early May after a fantastic run of stock market returns.
There’s an old saying, “Sell in May and go away.” Your broker might attend their child’s graduation from college and hightail it for the Hamptons – the beach, their yacht, and the country club for the summer. Clients also tend to lose focus on the markets as lounging poolside and enjoying warm weather barbeques hold more appeal than watching their portfolios. The saying assumes that nothing good can come of a summertime market.
That was certainly true last year. Selling in May and going away meant you missed an 11% increase in stock prices through July that evaporated into the lows of October. You could have realized the saying: sold your stocks, stuck the money in treasury bills, and bought stocks back at the same price in October as you sold them in May – thus enjoying your summer while your financial advisor (or their Chief Investment Officer) sweated it out.

A Year in the S&P 500 Index

Sources: Bloomberg Finance, L.P.

Despite coincidentally living up to the hype last year, there’s no statistical validity to this speculator’s old wives tale. This summer, economic statisticians will focus on inflation and jobs, especially those at the Federal Reserve. Some measures of inflation have accelerated in recent months, but the Federal Reserve’s preferred measure, the U.S. Personal Consumption Expenditure Core Price Index (Core PCE), has stalled at a 2.8% annual rate. When this inflation rate is substantially below the Fed Funds interest rate as it is today, monetary policy is deemed to be tight. Monetary policy has been officially tight for over a year now, as the chart below indicates.

Inflation Rate Decelerates Amid Tight Monetary Policy

Sources: Bloomberg Finance, L.P.

Tight monetary policy usually leads to slowing economic growth. The first quarter of 2024 saw U.S. growth slow to a 1.6% annual pace – well below the recent trend. However, this slowing of economic growth may not be much to worry about. The bulk of the slowdown came from the difference between exports and imports. Importantly, consumer spending and business investment were strong. Consumers spent money on durable goods, healthcare, and travel. Businesses invested in manufacturing, industrial equipment, computer hardware and software.
Concord clients benefited from these trends in their portfolios during the first quarter as well. We were overweight technology and healthcare stocks – especially around the two dominant trends of Artificial Intelligence and GLP-1 drugs for diabetes and obesity. We found value in consumer durables stocks as we have been largely bullish about household formation and all the things that come along with owning a home. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, investment in single-family home construction rose 18.1% in the first quarter – the third quarter in a row of significant double-digit growth. The reported earnings of companies in sectors with strong GDP growth have largely reflected that reality. While sometimes the data confounds us, the data makes good sense, at least for now. To the extent that interest rates remain higher for longer, valuations of high-flying technology and healthcare stocks may face pressure. Similarly, the housing market is still dependent on buyers with steady income – if the economy were to turn down and unemployment to rise significantly, consumer stocks would also potentially suffer.
For now though, as companies continue to profit, they also hold on to workers. The unemployment rate, at 3.9%, reflects a labor force where employers seem not to want to lose the workers they have but also seem less interested in hiring additional workers. Anecdotally, company executives are starting to take notice of interest expense on loans to fund their day-to-day operations. While not yet focused on reducing costs substantially, they are paying attention to something that wasn’t much of an issue for the past few years – interest expense. They’re thinking harder about new projects and the hurdle rates of return required to put new capital to work before taking on more debt. This is responsible behavior. In economic terms, it’s rational.
That Econ 101 principle is exactly what the Federal Reserve is hoping to see. A slowdown in the pace of economic growth ought to translate to lower inflation. At the press conference after the May 1st meeting, Federal Reserve Chair Powell was asked two questions pertinent to ponder this summer. First, Jennifer Schonberger with Yahoo Finance asked about Powell’s commentary in August 2022 to expect pain in the economy as the fight over inflation heated up. The reporter noted that the pain never came and basically asked the question from Kenan Thompson’s Saturday Night Live Game Show: “What’s up with that?!” Powell noted that the Federal Reserve still expected unemployment to tick higher as inflation went lower but was generally happy that the pain he expected never came. Aren’t we all?!1
The second question was from Claire Jones from the Financial Times. She asked whether slowing economic growth combined with accelerating consumer inflation might be categorized as the dreaded “stagflation.” Powell nearly laughed as memes formed simultaneously on finance Twitter. Powell replied, “I was around for stagflation, and it was 10 percent unemployment, it was high single digits inflation . . . and very slow growth. So right now, we have 3 percent growth, which is pretty solid growth, I would say, by any measure, and we have inflation running under 3 percent. So, I don’t really understand where that’s coming from.”1
But is Powell right to slough off these questions? After all, reporters are asking the questions that people who must pay higher prices for everyday items like food, fuel, electricity, rent, and insurance are asking. There are also questions whose premises reflect the survey readings in the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index on inflation expectations (rising again), confidence (falling), and, importantly for politicians come November: Are you better off than you were five years ago? Despite rising stock prices, lower inflation, and a growing economy with plentiful jobs, the survey says no. What’s up with that?

Author

Gary Aiken, Chief Investment Officer

Gary Aiken is the Chief Investment Officer for Concord Asset Management and is responsible for macroeconomic analysis, asset allocation, and security selection, as well as trading and investment operations.

Gary has over 21 years of investment experience and holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Maryland and an MBA from The George Washington University School of Business.

Sources:

1Transcript of Chair Powell’s Press Conference, May 1, 2024
2University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers, Final Results for April 2024, May 3, 2024

Concord Asset Management, LLC (“CAM”) is a registered investment advisor with the Securities and Exchange Commission. CAM is affiliated and shares advisory personnel with Concord Wealth Partners (“CWP”). CAM offers advisory services, including customized sub-advisory solutions, to other registered investment advisers and/or institutional managers, including its affiliate, Concord Wealth Partners, LLC. CAM’s investment advisory services are only offered to current or prospective clients where CAM and its investment adviser representatives are properly licensed or exempt from licensure. The information in this article includes the opinions of the author and may not accurately reflect the opinions or values of Concord Wealth Partners or its affiliates.

Please remember that past performance may not be indicative of future results. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that the future performance of any specific investment, investment strategy, or product (including the investments and/or investment strategies recommended or undertaken by CAM, or any non-investment related content, made reference to directly or indirectly in this newsletter) will be profitable, equal any corresponding indicated historical performance level(s), be suitable for your portfolio or individual situation, or prove successful. Due to various factors, including changing market conditions and/or applicable laws, the content may no longer be reflective of current opinions or positions. Moreover, you should not assume that any discussion or information contained in this newsletter serves as the receipt of, or as a substitute for, personalized investment advice from CAM.

To the extent that a reader has any questions regarding the applicability of any specific issue discussed above to their individual situation, he/she is encouraged to consult with the professional advisor of their choosing. CAM and CWP are neither law firms, nor certified public accounting firms, and no portion of the newsletter content should be construed as legal or accounting advice. A copy of CAM’s current written disclosure Brochure discussing our advisory services and fees is available upon request or at www.concordassetmgmt.com. Please Note: If you are a CAM or CWP client, please remember to contact us, in writing, if there are any changes in your personal/financial situation or investment objectives for the purpose of reviewing/evaluating/revising our previous recommendations and/or services, or if you would like to impose, add, or to modify any reasonable restrictions to our investment advisory services. CAM and CWP shall continue to rely on the accuracy of information that you have provided. Please Note: If you are a CAM or CWP client, please advise us if you have not been receiving account statements (at least quarterly) from the account custodian.

Weekly Market Insights – Monday, May 6, 2024

Fed Comments and Strong Earnings Lift Stocks Amid Uncertainty:

Stocks continued to fluctuate last week, ultimately finishing higher thanks to dovish comments from the Fed and strong corporate earnings reports. Despite inflation anxiety early in the week, market participants welcomed the news that a rate hike is “unlikely.”

Stocks Pop, Drop, Then Rally

Markets began the week with an upward bump as positive news from some mega-cap tech companies outweighed disappointing updates from other tech names.

Source: Charles Schwab & Co., Inc

The tone quickly changed on Tuesday as higher-than-expected Q1 wage growth triggered inflation and interest-rate anxiety—just as the Federal Open Market Committee kicked off its third meeting of the year. Each of the three major averages dropped more than 1.5% on the last trading day of April.1
When the Fed announced it was holding rates steady on Wednesday, stocks initially rallied on the news, but sellers got the upper hand late in the trading session, and prices ended the day slightly down.2
On Thursday, stocks trended higher as more companies reported upbeat Q1 results. Then, on Friday, stocks pushed higher after the April jobs report indicated that unemployment ticked up and the economy slowed. The 175,000 jobs created in April represented slower growth than the over 300,000 added in March and less than the 240,000 economists expected. Some Fed watchers believe that the news bolstered chances that the Fed may adjust rates sooner rather than later.3

Uncertain Hurtin’

Markets hate uncertainty, so Fed Chair Jerome Powell attempted to clarify the Fed’s stance on the outlook for interest rates at the close of its two-day meeting. Determining what’s next for interest rates in the context of stubborn inflation is no simple task. But Powell was as straightforward as possible at the press conference. “I think it’s unlikely that the next policy rate move will be a hike,” he said. “I’d say it’s unlikely.”4,5

Source: Charles Schwab & Co., Inc

This Week: Key Economic Data

Source: Bloomberg Finance L.P.

This Week: Companies Reporting Earnings

Source: EarningsWhispers

At Concord Asset Management, we design portfolios for the long run, with the ability to navigate various market cycles. However, you can have confidence that we are monitoring these market-moving events, and we will make reasonable, tactical adjustments as necessary.

Author

Gary Aiken
Chief Investment Officer
Concord Asset Management

Footnotes and Sources

1The Wall Street Journal, May 3, 2024
2CNBC.com, May 1, 2024
2The Wall Street Journal, May 3, 2024
2The Wall Street Journal, May 3, 2024
3CNBC.com, May 1, 2024

The companies mentioned are for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of the securities. Investing involves risks, and investment decisions should be based on your own goals, time horizon, and tolerance for risk. The return and principal value of investments will fluctuate as market conditions change. When sold, investments may be worth more or less than their original cost. The forecasts or forward-looking statements are based on assumptions, may not materialize, and are subject to revision without notice. The market indexes discussed are unmanaged and generally considered representative of their respective markets. Index performance is not indicative of the past performance of a particular investment. Indexes do not incur management fees, costs, and expenses. Individuals cannot directly invest in unmanaged indexes. Past performance does not guarantee future results. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is an unmanaged index that is generally considered representative of large-capitalization companies on the U.S. stock market. Nasdaq Composite is an index of the common stocks and similar securities listed on the NASDAQ stock market and is considered a broad indicator of the performance of technology and growth companies. The MSCI EAFE Index was created by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) and serves as a benchmark of the performance of major international equity markets, as represented by 21 major MSCI indexes from Europe, Australia, and Southeast Asia. The S&P 500 Composite Index is an unmanaged group of securities that are considered to be representative of the stock market in general. U.S. Treasury Notes are guaranteed by the federal government as to the timely payment of principal and interest. However, if you sell a Treasury Note prior to maturity, it may be worth more or less than the original price paid. Fixed income investments are subject to various risks, including changes in interest rates, credit quality, inflation risk, market valuations, prepayments, corporate events, tax ramifications, and other factors. International investments carry additional risks, which include differences in financial reporting standards, currency exchange rates, political risks unique to a specific country, foreign taxes and regulations, and the potential for illiquid markets. These factors may result in greater share price volatility. Please consult your financial professional for additional information. This content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The information in this material is not intended as tax or legal advice. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. The opinions expressed and material provided are for general information, and they should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security.

Concord Asset Management, LLC (“CAM”) is a registered investment advisor with the Securities and Exchange Commission. CAM is affiliated, and shares advisory personnel with Concord Wealth Partners (“CWP”). CAM offers advisory services, including customized sub-advisory solutions, to other registered investment advisers and/or institutional managers, including its affiliate, Concord Wealth Partners, LLC. CAM’s investment advisory services are only offered to current or prospective clients where CAM and its investment adviser representatives are properly licensed or exempt from licensure.

The information provided in this commentary is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute investment advice and it should not be relied on as such. It should not be considered a solicitation to buy or an offer to sell a security. It does not take into account any investor’s particular investment objectives, strategies, tax status, or investment horizon. You should consult your attorney or tax advisor.

The views expressed in this commentary are subject to change based on the market and other conditions. These documents may contain certain statements that may be deemed forward‐looking statements. Please note that any such statements are not guarantees of any future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected. Any projections, market outlooks, or estimates are based upon certain assumptions and should not be construed as indicative of actual events that will occur.

Please remember that past performance may not be indicative of future results. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that the future performance of any specific investment, investment strategy, or product (including the investments and/or investment strategies recommended or undertaken by CAM or its affiliates, or any non-investment related content, made reference to directly or indirectly in this newsletter will be profitable, equal any corresponding indicated historical performance level(s), be suitable for your portfolio or individual situation or prove successful. Due to various factors, including changing market conditions and/or applicable laws, the content may no longer be reflective of current opinions or positions. Moreover, you should not assume that any discussion or information contained in this newsletter serves as the receipt of, or as a substitute for, personalized investment advice from CAM or CWP. To the extent that a reader has any questions regarding the applicability of any specific issue discussed above to his/her individual situation, he/she is encouraged to consult with the professional advisor of his/her choosing. CAM and CWP are neither law firms nor certified public accounting firms, and no portion of the newsletter content should be construed as legal or accounting advice. A copy of CAM’s current written disclosure Brochure discussing our advisory services and fees is available upon request or at https://concordassetmgmt.com/

Please Note: If you are a CAM or CWP client, please remember to contact us, in writing, if there are any changes in your personal/financial situation or investment objectives for the purpose of reviewing/evaluating/revising our previous recommendations and/or services, or if you would like to impose, add, or to modify any reasonable restrictions to our investment advisory services. CAM and CWP shall continue to rely on the accuracy of the information that you have provided. Please Note: If you are a CAM or CWP client, strong>please advise us if you have not been receiving account statements (at least quarterly) from the account custodian.

Weekly Market Insights – Monday, April 29, 2024

Earnings Season Lifts Markets Despite Inflation Concerns:

Stocks rallied last week after a turbulent month, buoyed by strong earnings reports from mega-cap tech companies. This resurgence occurred in the face of new data showing a decelerating economy and increasing inflationary pressures.

Stocks Bounce Back. Twice.

Last week opened with a rebound rally as investors breathed a sigh of relief that Middle East tensions had eased. The market rally extended into Tuesday, with investors cheering positive corporate earnings reports. By Tuesday’s market close, the S&P 500 had gained 2% for the week.1,2,3
But investor enthusiasm didn’t last, as midweek saw profit taking in all three averages. Rising bond yields threw a wet blanket on market momentum; at one point, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose more than 40 basis points from its low earlier in the week.4
On Thursday, markets slipped on two fresh pieces of economic data: a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) slowdown and higher consumer prices. But by midday, selling pressure slowed. Stocks pushed higher on Friday behind upbeat Q1 reports from two mega-cap tech stocks, helping the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq post their best week since November.5

Source: Charles Schwab & Co., Inc

Earnings vs. Inflation

Corporate earnings and economic reports battled it out last week. In the end, earnings won, at least for this week.
The big economic news was that Q1 GDP grew at a 1.6 percent annualized rate—slower than the 2.4 percent economists expected and less than Q4 2023. The GDP report seemed to support the Goldilocks economy theory—not too hot, but not too cool—a story investors have favored this year.
The PCE (Personal Consumption Expenditures) Index, the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge, was embedded within the GDP report. Excluding food and energy, it increased 2.8% from a year ago. It was unchanged from February and slightly higher than expected. It joined a growing list of factors pointing to an uptick in inflation, complicating the Fed’s interest rate decision.5

Source: Charles Schwab & Co., Inc

This Week: Key Economic Data

Source: Bloomberg Finance L.P.

This Week: Companies Reporting Earnings

Source: EarningsWhispers

At Concord Asset Management, we design portfolios for the long run, with the ability to navigate various market cycles. However, you can have confidence that we are monitoring these market-moving events, and we will make reasonable, tactical adjustments as necessary.

Author

Gary Aiken
Chief Investment Officer
Concord Asset Management

Footnotes and Sources

1The Wall Street Journal, April 26, 2024
2CNBC.com, April 22, 2024
2CNBC.com, April 23, 2024
2CNBC.com, April 24, 2024
3The Wall Street Journal, April 25, 2024

The companies mentioned are for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of the securities. Investing involves risks, and investment decisions should be based on your own goals, time horizon, and tolerance for risk. The return and principal value of investments will fluctuate as market conditions change. When sold, investments may be worth more or less than their original cost. The forecasts or forward-looking statements are based on assumptions, may not materialize, and are subject to revision without notice. The market indexes discussed are unmanaged and generally considered representative of their respective markets. Index performance is not indicative of the past performance of a particular investment. Indexes do not incur management fees, costs, and expenses. Individuals cannot directly invest in unmanaged indexes. Past performance does not guarantee future results. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is an unmanaged index that is generally considered representative of large-capitalization companies on the U.S. stock market. Nasdaq Composite is an index of the common stocks and similar securities listed on the NASDAQ stock market and is considered a broad indicator of the performance of technology and growth companies. The MSCI EAFE Index was created by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) and serves as a benchmark of the performance of major international equity markets, as represented by 21 major MSCI indexes from Europe, Australia, and Southeast Asia. The S&P 500 Composite Index is an unmanaged group of securities that are considered to be representative of the stock market in general. U.S. Treasury Notes are guaranteed by the federal government as to the timely payment of principal and interest. However, if you sell a Treasury Note prior to maturity, it may be worth more or less than the original price paid. Fixed income investments are subject to various risks, including changes in interest rates, credit quality, inflation risk, market valuations, prepayments, corporate events, tax ramifications, and other factors. International investments carry additional risks, which include differences in financial reporting standards, currency exchange rates, political risks unique to a specific country, foreign taxes and regulations, and the potential for illiquid markets. These factors may result in greater share price volatility. Please consult your financial professional for additional information. This content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The information in this material is not intended as tax or legal advice. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. The opinions expressed and material provided are for general information, and they should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security.

Concord Asset Management, LLC (“CAM”) is a registered investment advisor with the Securities and Exchange Commission. CAM is affiliated, and shares advisory personnel with Concord Wealth Partners (“CWP”). CAM offers advisory services, including customized sub-advisory solutions, to other registered investment advisers and/or institutional managers, including its affiliate, Concord Wealth Partners, LLC. CAM’s investment advisory services are only offered to current or prospective clients where CAM and its investment adviser representatives are properly licensed or exempt from licensure.

The information provided in this commentary is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute investment advice and it should not be relied on as such. It should not be considered a solicitation to buy or an offer to sell a security. It does not take into account any investor’s particular investment objectives, strategies, tax status, or investment horizon. You should consult your attorney or tax advisor.

The views expressed in this commentary are subject to change based on the market and other conditions. These documents may contain certain statements that may be deemed forward‐looking statements. Please note that any such statements are not guarantees of any future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected. Any projections, market outlooks, or estimates are based upon certain assumptions and should not be construed as indicative of actual events that will occur.

Please remember that past performance may not be indicative of future results. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that the future performance of any specific investment, investment strategy, or product (including the investments and/or investment strategies recommended or undertaken by CAM or its affiliates, or any non-investment related content, made reference to directly or indirectly in this newsletter will be profitable, equal any corresponding indicated historical performance level(s), be suitable for your portfolio or individual situation or prove successful. Due to various factors, including changing market conditions and/or applicable laws, the content may no longer be reflective of current opinions or positions. Moreover, you should not assume that any discussion or information contained in this newsletter serves as the receipt of, or as a substitute for, personalized investment advice from CAM or CWP. To the extent that a reader has any questions regarding the applicability of any specific issue discussed above to his/her individual situation, he/she is encouraged to consult with the professional advisor of his/her choosing. CAM and CWP are neither law firms nor certified public accounting firms, and no portion of the newsletter content should be construed as legal or accounting advice. A copy of CAM’s current written disclosure Brochure discussing our advisory services and fees is available upon request or at https://concordassetmgmt.com/

Please Note: If you are a CAM or CWP client, please remember to contact us, in writing, if there are any changes in your personal/financial situation or investment objectives for the purpose of reviewing/evaluating/revising our previous recommendations and/or services, or if you would like to impose, add, or to modify any reasonable restrictions to our investment advisory services. CAM and CWP shall continue to rely on the accuracy of the information that you have provided. Please Note: If you are a CAM or CWP client, strong>please advise us if you have not been receiving account statements (at least quarterly) from the account custodian.

Weekly Market Insights – Monday, April 22, 2024

Fed Uncertainty and Middle East Tensions Diminish Stocks:

Stocks fell for a third straight week amid escalating tensions in the Middle East and mixed signals from Fed officials.

Stocks Retreat

Markets began the week rattled by rising tensions in the Middle East over the weekend. A bit of good news punctuated an otherwise sour Monday, as a stronger-than-expected retail sales report showed consumers were spending despite rising inflation.1,2
On Tuesday, remarks from Fed Chair Jerome Powell indicated a shift in thinking—from being confident to not-so-confident about interest rate cuts in 2024. He said rates might need to stay higher until the Fed meets their 2% inflation target.3,4

Source: Charles Schwab & Co., Inc

On Friday, the markets saw further declines, but investors were somewhat reassured by the perception that Thursday’s retaliatory actions in the Middle East were restricted in scope.5

Source: Charles Schwab & Co., Inc

Silver Linings

When stocks are in a downtrend, it’s important to keep perspective and realize that markets move in cycles. Here are a couple of bright spots from last week and perhaps some good news that may influence trading in the week ahead:
  • While Chair Powell said last week that the Fed may keep rates higher for longer, he also said the Fed does not intend to raise rates for now.
  • Despite inflation concerns, individuals were in a spending mood in March. Retail sales increased 0.7% for the month, more than twice the consensus forecast.
  • “Earning season” picks up during the next four weeks. For the week ending April 26, more than 800 companies will give updates on business conditions in Q1.6

This Week: Key Economic Data

Source: Bloomberg Finance L.P.

This Week: Companies Reporting Earnings

Source: EarningsWhispers

At Concord Asset Management, we design portfolios for the long run, with the ability to navigate various market cycles. However, you can have confidence that we are monitoring these market-moving events, and we will make reasonable, tactical adjustments as necessary.

Author

Gary Aiken
Chief Investment Officer
Concord Asset Management

Footnotes and Sources

1The Wall Street Journal, April 19, 2024
2CNBC.com, April 15, 2024
3The Wall Street Journal, April 16, 2024
4CNBC.com, April 16, 2024
5CNBC.com, April 19, 2024

The companies mentioned are for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of the securities. Investing involves risks, and investment decisions should be based on your own goals, time horizon, and tolerance for risk. The return and principal value of investments will fluctuate as market conditions change. When sold, investments may be worth more or less than their original cost. The forecasts or forward-looking statements are based on assumptions, may not materialize, and are subject to revision without notice. The market indexes discussed are unmanaged and generally considered representative of their respective markets. Index performance is not indicative of the past performance of a particular investment. Indexes do not incur management fees, costs, and expenses. Individuals cannot directly invest in unmanaged indexes. Past performance does not guarantee future results. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is an unmanaged index that is generally considered representative of large-capitalization companies on the U.S. stock market. Nasdaq Composite is an index of the common stocks and similar securities listed on the NASDAQ stock market and is considered a broad indicator of the performance of technology and growth companies. The MSCI EAFE Index was created by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) and serves as a benchmark of the performance of major international equity markets, as represented by 21 major MSCI indexes from Europe, Australia, and Southeast Asia. The S&P 500 Composite Index is an unmanaged group of securities that are considered to be representative of the stock market in general. U.S. Treasury Notes are guaranteed by the federal government as to the timely payment of principal and interest. However, if you sell a Treasury Note prior to maturity, it may be worth more or less than the original price paid. Fixed income investments are subject to various risks, including changes in interest rates, credit quality, inflation risk, market valuations, prepayments, corporate events, tax ramifications, and other factors. International investments carry additional risks, which include differences in financial reporting standards, currency exchange rates, political risks unique to a specific country, foreign taxes and regulations, and the potential for illiquid markets. These factors may result in greater share price volatility. Please consult your financial professional for additional information. This content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The information in this material is not intended as tax or legal advice. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. The opinions expressed and material provided are for general information, and they should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security.

Concord Asset Management, LLC (“CAM”) is a registered investment advisor with the Securities and Exchange Commission. CAM is affiliated, and shares advisory personnel with Concord Wealth Partners (“CWP”). CAM offers advisory services, including customized sub-advisory solutions, to other registered investment advisers and/or institutional managers, including its affiliate, Concord Wealth Partners, LLC. CAM’s investment advisory services are only offered to current or prospective clients where CAM and its investment adviser representatives are properly licensed or exempt from licensure.

The information provided in this commentary is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute investment advice and it should not be relied on as such. It should not be considered a solicitation to buy or an offer to sell a security. It does not take into account any investor’s particular investment objectives, strategies, tax status, or investment horizon. You should consult your attorney or tax advisor.

The views expressed in this commentary are subject to change based on the market and other conditions. These documents may contain certain statements that may be deemed forward‐looking statements. Please note that any such statements are not guarantees of any future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected. Any projections, market outlooks, or estimates are based upon certain assumptions and should not be construed as indicative of actual events that will occur.

Please remember that past performance may not be indicative of future results. Different types of investments involve varying degrees of risk, and there can be no assurance that the future performance of any specific investment, investment strategy, or product (including the investments and/or investment strategies recommended or undertaken by CAM or its affiliates, or any non-investment related content, made reference to directly or indirectly in this newsletter will be profitable, equal any corresponding indicated historical performance level(s), be suitable for your portfolio or individual situation or prove successful. Due to various factors, including changing market conditions and/or applicable laws, the content may no longer be reflective of current opinions or positions. Moreover, you should not assume that any discussion or information contained in this newsletter serves as the receipt of, or as a substitute for, personalized investment advice from CAM or CWP. To the extent that a reader has any questions regarding the applicability of any specific issue discussed above to his/her individual situation, he/she is encouraged to consult with the professional advisor of his/her choosing. CAM and CWP are neither law firms nor certified public accounting firms, and no portion of the newsletter content should be construed as legal or accounting advice. A copy of CAM’s current written disclosure Brochure discussing our advisory services and fees is available upon request or at https://concordassetmgmt.com/

Please Note: If you are a CAM or CWP client, please remember to contact us, in writing, if there are any changes in your personal/financial situation or investment objectives for the purpose of reviewing/evaluating/revising our previous recommendations and/or services, or if you would like to impose, add, or to modify any reasonable restrictions to our investment advisory services. CAM and CWP shall continue to rely on the accuracy of the information that you have provided. Please Note: If you are a CAM or CWP client, strong>please advise us if you have not been receiving account statements (at least quarterly) from the account custodian.