Opportunities in 2023

Opportunities in 2023

February 09, 2023

Whether you’re one to set ambitious New Year’s resolutions or simply use the beginning of the year to reset on a few
habits, there’s almost always some value in reflecting on the past year before looking ahead. The same is true for the
markets. When we look back on 2022, it’s easy to identify the challenges—but if we look closer, we can also uncover
some opportunities.

First, we need to remember what we learned in 2022. The Federal Reserve (Fed) showed us they can and will take
swift action to squelch inflation, as demonstrated by the sharp interest rate increases we saw last year. We also saw that
severe inflation coupled with the Fed’s interest rate hikes had a larger-than-expected impact on the stock market. We
also can’t forget the impact on bonds, with increased Treasury yields and ultimately, the worst year on record for core
bonds (as measured by the Bloomberg Aggregate Bond Index).

So what does all of this mean for 2023—and where are these opportunities? In the bond market, it looks like we’ve
uncovered some value, especially for those income-oriented investors. This is a welcome change after nearly 20 years
of difficulty in finding stable income-producing investments as market interest rates continued to fall. With higher
yields now available in some durable areas of the bond market, we believe investors may be able to enhance their
income-generating portfolios, while potentially taking on less risk than in years past.

Turning to stocks, the early weeks of 2023 are looking more promising. Inflation is still high, but falling, the Fed is
expected to end rate hikes by the spring, and there are renewed hopes for a softer landing for the U.S. economy; our
expectation is that the economy will either narrowly avoid a recession or enter a mild, short-lived recession in early-to-mid 2023. These factors have allowed investors to begin charting a more positive path forward, which we believe will
continue despite some potential choppiness in the market. We continue to favor U.S. equities over international
markets despite some pressure we may see on domestic profit margins this year. The international markets have also
begun to show some signs of life as inflation looks to be peaking in the U.K. and Europe as well. Emerging markets
have even bounced back slightly, although uncertainty over China’s economy remains a wildcard.

Overall, we see reason for renewed optimism when it comes to the markets in 2023. Should the Fed pause rate hikes in
the near term as expected, we may see a nice stock market rebound supported by falling inflation, reasonable
valuations, and stable interest rates. Further equity market volatility remains a risk, but we believe we’ll see more
positive outcomes from the stock and bond markets this year.

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