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KCM On Balance – February 2023

The “Lunar New Year” began on January 22, 2023.  It is the beginning of a lunar (or lunisolar) calendar based on the moon’s cycles. Lunar calendars are observed and celebrated by numerous cultures worldwide, such as the Chinese, Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic, Jewish, and many Native American tribes.


One of the more well-known New Year observances is the 15-day Chinese “Spring Festival,” celebrated by eating reunion dinners full of unique dishes created to give blessings for the next year, setting off fireworks, and giving red envelopes filled with “lucky” money to children.


It is also the beginning of a new sign in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese animal-zodiac. This year is the “Year of the Rabbit.” In Chinese culture, the rabbit’s quiet personality hides its confidence and strength. The rabbit steadily moves towards its goal, no matter what. While things may feel desperate at times, rabbits keep working hard with the understanding that any difficulty will be temporary.


Investors could all use a few of the rabbit’s characteristics as we transition into 2023. Thus far, markets have been generally strong — especially Big Tech (despite numerous layoffs).  However, the economic outlook is still somewhat hazy, and markets will be prone to a higher sensitivity to economic data until the picture becomes clearer. For January, the S&P 500 closed up 6.28%.


There seems to be a renewed sense of optimism among market participants that an economic “soft landing” is achievable, and markets have been buoyed by it. Of course, it’s early, and there is likely more volatility to come, but long-term investors, like the rabbit, should stay focused on steadily moving toward achieving their goals.

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