Despite expectations of credit contraction following the collapse of regional U.S. banks earlier in the year, data reveals a different outcome. Bloomberg reported that total outstanding loans declined by a mere $14 billion from early March through the end of June, while consumer borrowing increased by $27 billion during the same period. The Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey also showed little change in tighter standards for loans to large and medium firms, despite the bank collapses.
Fortunately, the U.S. economy avoided any pitfalls of a contraction in bank lending and managed to resolve the debt ceiling standoff without significant financial incidents or damage. The Atlanta Fed’s real-time estimate of GDP showed a 2.4% increase in the most recent estimates for the second quarter.
Inflation continued to moderate, and the Fed’s hiked interest rates it controls appear to have worked thus far. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) decelerated from a year-over-year increase of 5.0% in March 2023 to just 3.0% in June 2023, and unemployment remained stable at 3.6%.
In turn, the markets have responded favorably, with the S&P 500 advancing 8.7% with dividends reinvested, in data from Bloomberg, for the second quarter – defying the uncertainties noted above.
Meanwhile, 10-year Treasury note yields rose slightly over the second quarter from 3.55% to 3.84%, even with expectations of more rate hikes from the Fed.
Overall, the second quarter saw strong equity returns, as economic growth continued and inflation fell. The Fed’s efforts to combat inflation did not hinder economic growth or market performance, and potential follow-on effects from the regional banking crisis and debt-ceiling standoff were also limited. As often said on Wall Street, the market climbed a wall of worry. And that it did during the second quarter.
ASSET CLASS SUMMARY As of 06/30/2023
Global Ex U.S.
U.S. Real Estate
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