MRM Commentary

Commentary

Monthly Investment Commentary

July 2022

      US Markets

          It has been another difficult quarter for markets after what had already been a tough start to the year. This is now the worst first half of the year for developed market equities in over 50 years. To make matters worse, government bonds have also been hit so far this year, failing to provide the protection that investors usually look to them for.



      MRM NET COMPOSITE PORTFOLIO RESULTS (As of 6/30/2022)
      MRM Group claims compliance with the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS®).
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      The Fed
      Government bonds have been hit as markets moved to price in significant further increases in interest rates on top of what has already been announced. Markets now expect interest rates to rise to 3.4%, 3% and 1.6% in the US, UK and Europe, respectively, by next year. That increase in expectations for the path of interest rates has also contributed to a decline in equity valuations, along with concerns about the growth outlook. Recession fears have risen, due to the squeeze on consumers from higher prices and higher borrowing costs as the central banks seek to fight inflation.

      What Investors Talking About
      Earnings season begins in July, providing investors with key insights into the health of American consumers. Companies will also communicate how they are navigating an increasingly challenging economic landscape. Since the start of 2022, stocks have become less expensive on the basis of their price/earnings (P/E) ratios. When the stock market hit an all-time high on January 3, 2022, the forward P/E ratio for the S&P 500 index was 21.4. The 25-year average P/E sits at 16.5, for the period ended May 12, 2022. At the end of June 2022, the average forward P/E was 15.9. Each quarter, the degree to which the stock market responds to corporate earnings varies. But as investors grapple with a cloudy outlook, company reports over the next four to six weeks may serve as an important barometer for measuring the nation’s economic health and evaluating stock prices.

      Consumer Price Index (CPI)
      Consumer prices rose 8.6 percent from May 2021 levels, the highest rate since December 1981. Energy (+34.6 percent) and food (+10.1 percent) prices led the year-over-year increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). On a month-to-month basis, the CPI rose well above the consensus estimate of 0.7 percent to a full 1 percent.

      MRM'S VIEW

      The good news is that valuations are now well below their average since 1990 in every major region other than the US. In the US, the cheaper parts of the market now trade at relatively low valuations compared with history, with the Russell 1000 Value Index trading on a price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple of 13, whereas the Russell 1000 Growth Index still trades on a P/E of 21. That’s despite growth stocks having already significantly underperformed value stocks so far this year. The Russell 1000 Growth Index is down 28% year to date, whereas the Russell 1000 value index is 14% lower.

      Source: JP Morgan / mvtinvest

      MRM model holdings as of June 30, 2022

      Allocations

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      Effective Nov. 1, 2016 the Dynamic Overlay benchmark was changed to Morningstar’s Tactical Allocation. The benchmark was applied retroactively to the beginning of the performance period, January 1, 2008. This change had the net effect of placing the Dynamic Overlay Model Portfolio in a more favorable light than would otherwise have been the case if we used the blended benchmark described below. Although this change had a favorable impact on the comparative effect on the model’s performance but we believe the change in benchmark more appropriately aligns with our Dynamic Overlay Strategy in that it is designed a tactical allocation rather than a static blended benchmark of 75% S&P 500 Index Total Return and 25% MSCI EAFE. Morningstar’s Tactical Allocation Category averages returns for the peer group based on the return of each fund within the group, for the period shown. The S&P 500 Index with dividends is an unmanaged composite of 500 large-capitalization companies whose data is obtained from the Standard & Poor’s website. S&P 500 is a registered trademark of McGraw-Hill, Inc. The MSCI EAFE Gross Index is a free float–adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure the equity market performance of developed markets, excluding the U.S. and Canada, with data from the MSCI website using price with reinvestment of dividends. The performance of blended benchmarks is shown for comparison because MRM uses securities which track indices related to these products. The Dow Jones US Select Dividend Index comprises 100 stocks and aims to represent the U.S.’s leading stocks by dividend yield. An investment cannot be made directly into an index.

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