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Equity Markets – In this article you’ll find:

🎯 JP Morgan Asset Management – 2Q23 Market’s Review 👇

  • JAPAN FOCUS
  • US FOCUS
  • FIXED INCOME FOCUS
  • SENTIMENT ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

🎯 Franklin Templeton – Strong move in equity markets before recession 👇

  • STRATEGIC MIDPOINT
  • SOFT LANDING
  • STRONG MOVE IN EQUITY MARKETS BEFORE RECESSION

 

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🎯 JP Morgan Asset Management – 2Q23 Market’s Review 👇

– “After a difficult 2022, the first half of 2023 was kinder to balanced portfolios. Developed market equities delivered 15% year to date and 7% over the quarter.”

JAPAN FOCUS 👇

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– “The best performing major equity market in local currency terms, both over the quarter (up 14%) and the first half of the year (up 23%), was Japan.”

– “The yen weakened versus other major trading partners as interest rates remained low in Japan.”

– “Bank of Japan maintained its yield curve control policy to anchor government bond yields, while interest rates ratcheted higher in most other countries.”

– “This weakness in the yen helped support Japanese stocks, many of which earn a significant proportion of their profits abroad.”

– “Of course, the yen weakness would have reduced the extent of the equity gains for unhedged foreign investors.”

US FOCUS 👇

– “US stocks were the next best performing market in local currency terms, up 9% over the quarter and 17% for the year to date.”

– “These gains were driven almost entirely by the largest growth stocks (think “mega-cap tech”)

– “Which are disproportionately found in the US, with the rest of the market delivering much more muted returns so far this year.”

FIXED INCOME FOCUS 👇

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– “Within fixed income, the best performing assets so far this year have been high yield credit and Italian government bonds

“both returning about 5%, while the worst performing has been UK Gilts, down just under 4%.”

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– “High yield credit and Italian debt benefitted from their higher starting yields and economic resilience.”

– “UK Gilts, on the other hand, suffered in the face of ongoing inflation headwinds that led markets to price an even higher interest rate peak of around 6% and for rates to stay higher for longer.”

SENTIMENT ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE 👇

Equity Markets

– “The strong return for stocks so far this year has been helped by the fact that the much-anticipated rise in developed world unemployment is yet to materialize.”

– “US inflation might be able to moderate significantly without the need for a rise in unemployment.”

– “Positive sentiment around artificial intelligence has also driven spectacular performance for some of the world’s largest stocks.”

🎯 Franklin Templeton –  Strong move in equity markets before recession 👇

– “We continue to believe a recession is the most likely outcome given the continued deep red reading of the ClearBridge Recession Risk Dashboard and the speed with which economic momentum can deteriorate.”

STRATEGIC MIDPOINT 🌐

– “The year’s midpoint is a natural time to reflect on how events have unfolded relative to expectations.”

– “This is a key element of success for many investors, and an endeavor we undertake regularly.”

– “Six months ago, 2023 was expected to witness the most anticipated recession ever.” 

– “U.S. equities pricing a return to positive EPS growth in the second quarter and a sharp acceleration through the second half.”

– “By contrast, economists’ forecasts suggest GDP growth will continue to slow in the coming quarters.”

– “While nominal GDP growth is expected to remain positive, this is largely a function of inflation”

“which is expected to cool further but remain well above the Fed’s 2% target through 2024.”

– “This conflicting view presents a dilemma for investors on which camp has a more accurate read on how the next six months will unfold.”

SOFT LANDING 👇

Equity Markets

– “The case for a soft landing has been buoyed by recent strength from the housing sector, one of the most interest-rate sensitive areas of the economy.”

– “Housing starts experienced their largest monthly pickup in over three decades in May.”

– “At the same time the S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index has bounced in its two most recent readings.”

– “This strength has bolstered the idea that the U.S. economy could experience a series of rolling recessions in specific sectors”

“partially the result of post-pandemic normalization (which impacted different areas of the economy at different times).”

– “In this scenario, the overall economy might never enter a recession as pockets of strength in one sector offset weakness in another.”

STRONG MOVE IN EQUITY MARKETS BEFORE RECESSION

Equity Markets

– “One pillar in the soft-landing case has been the strong move in equity markets so far this year.”

– “Markets are forward looking, but they are not always right.”

– “In modern history (since World War II), the market has experienced a positive return 42% of the time in the six months prior to the start of a recession and been positive 25% of the time in the three months prior.”

– “Returns during both periods have typically been muted, with investors clinging to the bull case until the very end.”

– “Simply put, positive price action (and the absence of a large downturn in equity markets) does not preclude the economy from slipping into recession.”

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