Monthly Recap – June 2023

Moneta Investment Team

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Monthly Observations

Strong Month Wraps Up the Quarter

Risk markets surged in June, putting banking concerns, recession fears and the debt-ceiling debate behind them. The US equity market, as represented by the S&P 500, led most developed markets in June; the latter outperformed emerging markets which struggled as markets were less than enthused by China’s stimulus response to its slowing growth. The tech-heavy Nasdaq posted its best first half of the year return since 1983. US mid cap and small cap equities sprung higher and broke a streak of four straight months of negative returns. Despite overall higher risk-free rates, which hurt US Treasury returns, corporate spreads tightened which allowed corporate debt to generate a positive return for the month. Real estate, a laggard for the quarter, rose nearly 6% over the month as commercial real estate and regional bank concerns subsided; specific sectors such as office, timber, and data centers led the way.

Fed “Skips” Rate Hike For Now

The U.S. Federal Reserve decided to “skip” a rate hike in June while indicating interest rates could be raised at their next meeting in July; key to a future decision will be evidence the economy and inflation are not cooling. The decision in June ended 10 straight meetings where it had lifted rates. Markets still believe rate cuts are probable in the next 12 months despite the Fed’s “higher-for-longer” stance.

Student Loan Forgiveness Struck Down

The Supreme Court issued their decision to overturn the Biden administration’s student debt cancellation plan. This will affect the roughly $1.6 trillion in student loan debt currently outstanding. Student loan repayments are set to restart by this August after pandemic-related deferrals end. The Court’s reversal of relief of $10,000-$20,000 in student loans for borrowers could affect consumer spending patterns by the resumption of loan repayments and the negative “wealth effect” as loan balances remain unaffected.

Commentary From Asset Managers

Global Asset Manager

The consensus view in autos right now is that the industry is undergoing a complete shift in what a car is and European OEMs are structurally challenged. This is China’s chance to grab market share in China and they are being more innovative and understanding of what local customers want, creating a significant challenge for German manufacturers who get 40% of their revenue from China.

Emerging Market Manager

India is not the next China; it is the next India. The miracle of Chinese growth was supported by near-zero rates. India has always been capital starved, so their growth has had to be profitable for investment to continue.

Private Credit Manager

Merger and acquisition volume remains well below 2021/2022 levels, but a healthy number of opportunities exist in the lower middle market. With higher interest rates, a more risk-adverse lending environment, and the syndicated leverage loan market as slow as it is, private equity firms are continuing to turn to non-bank lenders to provide debt financing; new deals are carrying lower leverage/loan-to-value –the lowest levels in the last five years.


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