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The Investment Outlook for Q2 2023

“How do Investors Make Sense of Economic Data, Bank Failures and Central Bank Actions?”

The tumultuous past few weeks has left many concerned abut their financial wellbeing. We turn to the minds at JP Morgan Asset Management for their insight on where we are and where we’re headed. As we navigate the next few months, here is their take on where we stand.

The last two weeks have left markets in turmoil and investors uncertain about the future. To recap:

The Chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed), Jerome Powell, testifying in front of Congress on March 7, hawkishly stated that interest rates were “likely to be higher” than previously anticipated; futures markets immediately priced in additional rate hikes. Just a few days later, a banking crisis seemingly emerged, with the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank, the 16th-largest bank in the United States and the second largest bank failure in U.S. history; near-instantly the rhetoric around rates changed from hikes to cuts.

Then, another bank failure – Signature Bank – and the implementation of backstops and credit facilities from federal authorities to prevent additional bank runs and shore up depositors.

In other words, investors have a lot on their plates.

Putting aside the obvious implications of the above – namely uncertainty and, in turn, volatility – it would be wise to also consider what this means for the March Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting.

Given the rapidly evolving situation, it seems like any policy move will be a day-of decision based on market volatility as much as economic data.

Still, there are two things that markets can expect:

Out of an abundance of caution, the Fed will likely deliver a significant policy messaging pivot aimed at calming market worries. The Fed hiking cycle will likely end sooner than previously expected and at a lower terminal rate.

The implications of such action should be welcomed by investors. First, greater clarity on the terminal rate should soothe equity markets, particularly those with growthier biases; second, it is possible that peak rates are behind us, suggesting duration should play a bigger role in bond portfolios; and third, narrowing rate differentials will likely push the U.S. dollar lower, a boon for both large cap U.S. companies doing business overseas and for U.S. investors investing in dollar-denominated international assets.

Ultimately, with so many moving parts, it would be unwise to declare that “the coast is clear.” Still, by focusing on what recent events mean for future interest rate policy, it is possible for investors to cut through the noise and focus on the big picture.

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Office News

W Forum 2023 Congratulations!

During the deep chill that was February, some of our advisors and support staff attended W Forum in sunny San Diego. This conference is a women-led event that focuses on the critical role that women play in the financial world. They had a fantastic time connecting with women advisors from all over the country and learning from one another. The weather was nothing to complain about, either!

Pictured from left to right: Nakita, Mariam, Amanda, and Traci.

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Welcome to the World!

Welcome to the newest Endersbe! Congratulations to Erik and his wife, Natalia, on the arrival of baby Eli Michael Endersbe. Eli is a sweet little guy and recently made an appearance in our St. Louis Park office, much to our delight!


Congratulations are in order for Cody Pollock on his recent engagement to his fiancée, Sierra! Cody popped the question at the Devil’s Kettle Waterfall on the Brule River this past summer. We are excited for what the future holds for these two!

Educational Resources

BlackRock’s Monthly Student of the Market Update

Each month, the team at BlackRock puts together their understanding of current markets identify ongoing market dynamics. Take a look at their March 2023 edition here.

Weekly Market Impact with Phil Blancato

We strive to keep you updated with important market changes and news. Please listen to the most recent market update from Phil Blancato, Advisor Group’s Chief Market Strategist. This call discusses recent updates for the economy and financial markets. Click here to listen. Archived episodes are available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify.

Live Heat Map from Finviz

Interested in keeping an eye on the S&P 500? Look no further than Finviz’s S&P Heat Map. All 500 companies that make up the S&P are listed on this site with up-to-date specs, ranging from 1-day to 1-year performance. You can click on any of the companies to see more historical data, as well as recent articles published about the company from across the web. Access the website here.

Good to Know

Take a Break with Livestreams

If the last dregs of winter are getting you down, take a moment to check out some of the best webcams from around the country. Enjoy the National Park Service’s Yosemite Falls Webcam, or the Polar Bear Cam at the San Diego Zoo. Visit all kinds of nature streams from sea to sky here.

Tax Corner

Tax Filing Deadline is Tuesday, April 18th, 2023.

By now, you should have received all necessary tax documents from us to file your 2022 taxes. If you would like additional copies mailed or emailed to you or your CPA, please contact your advisor.

Contribution Updates:

As a reminder, there are several changes to the limits for 2023. Please see the updates outlined below:
Retirement plan contribution limits

  • 401(k) – increased to $22,500 + $7,500 for age 50+
  • Simple IRA – increased to $15,500+ $3,500 for age 50+
  • Roth IRA – increased to $6,500+ $1,000 for age 50+

Annual gift exclusion

  • Increased to $17,000 per recipient (up from 2022)

Lifetime estate/gift exemption

  • Federal – increased to $12.92 million

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