Investment Review - January 2023
- The major U.S. stock indices moved lower in December. The Dow Jones Industrial Average decreased by 4.17%, the S&P 500 was down 5.90%, and the Nasdaq Composite declined 8.73%. All three major indices had their biggest yearly losses since the financial crisis in 2008.
- The Fed’s rate hikes did a number on bond prices, as they lost over 12% of their value in 2022 (as measured by the Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate), marking the largest decline in decades.
- The yield curve will end the year inverted, as 2-year Treasury yields of 4.42% are substantially higher than 10-year treasury yields of 3.88%. This inversion, the largest in forty years, is a classic recession warning sign from the Treasury market.
Key Investment Statistics
Source: Factset, Federal Reserve, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Freddie Mac, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Labor
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