Hawks, Hikes and High Bars

Portfolio manager Jack Janasiewicz and investment strategist Brian Hess discuss inflation, the Fed, earnings, and positioning in the Natixis model portfolios.

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Jack Janasiewicz and Brian Hess discuss inflation, the May Federal Reserve meeting, earnings season and current positioning in the Natixis model portfolios.
  • Stock market volatility in April broke the trend in place since late October 2023.
  • Inflation prints for January, February and March came in worse than expectations – but there were nuances to the data that are significant.
  • There are three components driving the stickiness in inflation: housing, medical care and car insurance.
  • But none of the three are necessarily demand-driven – so hiking interest rates may not be particularly effective in bringing these particular line items under control.
  • In his comments following the May FOMC meeting, Chair Powell specifically avoided mentioning rate hikes, but he did reference the Fed’s dual mandate of both price stability and full employment.
  • Hiking rates could potentially cause collateral damage to the labor market – and the Fed seems cognizant of both the risks to the upside and the downside in terms of potential rate moves.
  • We’re in the midst of earnings season now and while headwinds to growth are always a concern for the market, earnings have been better than expected – not fantastic, but not bad.
  • The Natixis model portfolios continue to be overweight equities and have begun to add small and mid-caps to the large cap equity mix.
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