Equities markets ended one of the better first halves of a year in quite some time by the end of June. Market participants have become more confident that the economy is strong enough to shrug off the historic pace of rate hikes, banking system troubles, and stubborn inflation data. However, that suggests the Fed will have to keep rates higher for a more extended period and bond markets sold off.
The whiplash investors have experienced—from the exceedingly poor performance across stock and bond markets in 2022 to the healthy rebound in the first half of 2023—goes to show the benefits of being a patient investor.
What does the second half of 2023 hold for investors? No one knows. But just as we know an ice cream cone will melt more quickly on a hot summer day (July is National Ice Cream Month after all), we also know that over time markets reward patience. It may sometimes be a Rocky Road, but it’s worth the journey.
For more details on markets, see the June Market Commentary below.
Articles of Interest
Perspective and insights on markets, headlines, and the economy.
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