July Market Review
Foreign and domestic equity markets generally moved higher in July with smaller companies and emerging market
companies leading the charge as the economy continues to prove resilient. Earnings have generally come in above
expectations which has helped fuel higher market prices.
It is worth noting that the broad market (and especially the tech heavy parts of the market) has logged its 5th
consecutive month of gains despite many calls for poor performance at the start of the year by prominent analysts.
Fixed income markets were mixed in July; however, short- to intermediate-term investors continue to see their income
increase as yields rise.
On an economic front, The Fed raised rates in July — after pausing in June — and market participants are largely split on
whether they will increase rates, hold rates steady, or cut rates in the remainder of the year. The Fed Funds rate is now
5.25% to 5.5% which is the highest it’s been since 2007.
With earnings season ending, market participants will remain focused on key economic data including inflation prints,
jobless claims, consumer credit, and more.
Given the strong start to the year, investors may be wondering if the market gains can persist. To that end, investors
should always expect a market pullback or correction even during the healthiest markets.
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