Telemus Weekly Market Review January 3rd - January 7th, 2022
A Cold Blast to the New Year
In the Midwest this past week, weather conditions abruptly changed from mild winter weather to frozen tundra, almost instantaneously with the switch of the calendar into January. There was a similar shift in the markets as a new tax year ushered in a change in sentiment, beginning with the bond market then flowing into stocks. As for bonds, interest rates jumped as traders sold longer dated maturities, pushing rates higher. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose a quarter of a percent with 2-year Treasuries up roughly half of that. While there was no direct linkage for why Treasuries moved so abruptly, concerns around inflation, hedge funds electing to short bonds, and a new tax year that reset the clock on realized gains collectively drove selling pressure in the bond market. The broad market barometer for bonds, the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate index, finished the week -1.5% lower.
Rising rates bled into equity markets pushing growth stocks lower. The tech heavy NASDAQ composite fell a hard -4.5%, much lower than the -1.8% retracement in the S&P 500. Higher rates benefited value stocks, with Energy (+10.6%) and Financials (+5.4%) having very strong weeks. On the other side of the coin, real estate, technology, and healthcare each fell more than -4%.
S&P 500 Sector Returns, Week of January 3-7, 2022
Growth stocks tend to be adversely impacted by higher interest rates, whereas a subset of traditional value stocks, like bank and insurance companies, benefit from higher yields. While rates increased in 2021, the magnitude of rate increases was contained and ended up not deterring returns to growth stocks, which remained in favor. This week’s sharp rise in yields resulted in the 10-year Treasury sitting at its highest level since January of 2020. The shift higher in the yield curve negatively impact growth stocks this time around, while benefiting the likes of financials.
While it was an eventful and extreme week in terms of market rotation, it remains too early to call whether this week’s price action will transpire into a new trend. Value stocks shot higher to start 2021 and ended up fading after the first quarter.
The harsh start to for markets in 2022 has been driven by forceful repositioning in what appears to be a delayed reaction to the more aggressive posture from the Federal Reserve. Going into 2022 we expect a higher level of volatility than what transpired in 2021. We may not have expected this outcome from the onset, but it’s a natural reaction as investor postures evolve as we move from a stimulative to tighter monetary policy.
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Matt joined the Telemus team in 2018. As Chief Investment Officer, he leads the firms the investment process and research effort. Matt has experience as an equity analyst and portfolio manager and has advised corporate pension plans on their manager selection. He’s been quoted in Money Magazine and Barron’s.