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2024 Market Outlook

John Lekas – CEO and Senior Portfolio Manager

February 20th, 2024

Inflation is expected to persist, as previously discussed in our newsletters. Our stance remains unchanged: the Federal Reserve is unlikely to lower interest rates until the unemployment rate (U-3) increases. The wildcard factor is the upcoming election year, and while there may be speculation that Powell could make concessions for Biden, I doubt it. Unemployment would need to rise for two consecutive quarters before the Fed would even consider lowering interest rates. In our opinion, CPI is of lesser relevance and will likely continue to persist higher. Prices will continue to rise across industries due to margin pressures, particularly stemming from increased labor costs.

Given the strength of the economy, we anticipate the yield curve to reflect a strong economy resulting in a “normal” curve, where the long end is higher than the short end. Therefore, we expect normalization between the two-year and thirty-year yields. By year-end, we believe the thirty-year treasury will hit 5%, equity markets are projected to be higher due to inflationary pressures driving companies to raise prices. Volatility is expected to persist, with the VIX likely revisiting 35 on several occasions.

US Treasury Active Index Curve

Our fixed income strategies focus on managing risk/reward, which currently favors the short end of the yield curve, and extending duration when the opportunity arises. We are pleased to report that our mutual funds are currently leading in their respective spaces in 2024.

Time Period: 1/1/2024 – 2/20/2024

Group/InvestmentReturnPeer group percentilePeer group rank
US Short-Term Bond
Leader Short Term High Yield Bond Ins6.1711
Leader Short Term High Yield Bond Inv6.1811
Benchmark 1: US Active Fund High Yield Bond0.20
Benchmark 2: ICE BofA 1-3Y US Corp&Govt TR USD0.06
Number of investments ranked632632
US Intermediate-Term Bond   
Leader Capital High Quality Income Instl1.3711
Leader Capital High Quality Income Inv1.2311
Benchmark 1: US Fund Intermediate Core-Plus Bond-1.39
Number of investments ranked582582

*Source: Morningstar

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