The second quarter of 2022 was rough for markets, giving investors a grueling ride over the last few months. Driving the losses were stubbornly high inflation, rising interest rates, and recession concerns.1
However, there might be some hope ahead.
Let's take a look at how markets performed and what we might look forward to in the months to come.
How Did Markets Perform Last Quarter?
What could we see in six to nine months?
These are challenging times to make predictions about the future. The following gauges represent a forward look at what some analysts think we might see over the next few months. Since a simple projection can’t represent all opinions or probabilities, we’ve highlighted opportunities and risks for each.
Critical Takeaways for Savvy Investors
Raise your hand if you’re unsure of what could happen in the coming months.
Is your hand up? So is ours.
Markets and the economy face a confusing barrage of tailwinds (positive) and headwinds (negative). It's difficult to say which will prove stronger.
There’s quite a bit of hope ahead: we have a resilient economy, the jobs market remains healthy, and stocks could bounce back if inflation and interest rate hikes stabilize.
Market downturns are rough, but exiting a strategy now could cause long-term damage to your wealth if you miss the recovery.
What’s challenging is separating our emotions from analysis of what might be coming (especially when we’re in murky and uncharted waters).
Here’s an analogy:
Have you ever been whitewater rafting?
Imagine us in a raft, navigating a complex class four rapid called “Scary Bear.”
It’s got huge waves, big drops, hidden rocks, fallen trees, currents, hydraulics, and more.
We’ve also got a crowd of folks on the banks jumping up and down, hooting and hollering, and yelling advice.
“Don't fall out!!”
“WATCH OUT FOR THE BIG ROCK!!”
If we listened to everyone’s instructions, our raft would end up pinballing between rocks, spinning around in circles, and possibly even flipping over.
So, what do we do?
We read the river.
We develop a strategy that allows for a lot of flexibility in tackling the rapid.
We listen to our guide and paddle together.
We also remember to relax and remember why we're here. That’s the hard part. It’s not always going to be easy paddling in smooth waters.
We’re facing A LOT of uncertainty this year, and it’s likely to take some time to resolve into certainty.
Times like these favor flexibility, resilience, and a focus on long-term goals.
U.S. Economic Outlook, Equity Outlook, Consumer Sentiment, Monetary Policy, Geopolitical Risk, and Inflation gauges: https://www.cnr.com/insights/speedometers.html (July 2022)
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