Weekly Market Commentary March 7, 2023

Hello March

Housekeeping

Review Meetings
It’s not too early to get on the calendar for a first of the year check-up. This is an opportunity for us to review your portfolio and touch base regarding your overall financial strategy. Our goal is to meet with each of our clients annually. Please contact our office by phone or email: (425) 453-6353 or christian@klevenscapital.com to schedule your annual review.

1099 Tax Statements
Please watch for your tax forms to arrive in the next few weeks.  Most of our clients have opted to receive tax statements by mail and Schwab has indicated their initial mailing will be early February. They anticipate a second 1099 mailing mid to late February with updated/revised figures. Please don’t file your taxes until you’re confident that your 1099 forms are complete. If you have any doubt as to the completeness of your 1099, please don’t hesitate to contact our office, we’re here to help.

Also, many of our clients have us work directly with their tax advisor or CPA. If you’d like us to work closely with other professionals on your team, please put us in touch and we’ll coordinate with them on your behalf.

For those of you making charitable contributions with your annual RMD – please be advised that the charitable designation will not reflect on the 1099 form, but rather on your tax forms. Contact your CPA or call our office for more information.

Fast Facts

There’s a new way to screen for some cancers. Scientists in South Korea have developed a cheap way to detect pancreatic and prostate cancer — and all the patient has to do is urinate on a strip. They say their sensor, which costs around eight cents, has a 99% success rate in identifying the urine of people with these cancers versus people without. And the team is experimenting further to try to extend it to more cancers, including colorectal and lung cancers.

On average, more than one car crashes into a 7-Eleven storefront every day, according to data revealed in a recent lawsuit where the convenience store chain paid out a big settlement to a man who was injured in a crash. But it’s not the only retailer getting unintended drive-thru visits: The Storefront Safety Council says there are 100 crashes into buildings each day, and 24% of those happen at retail stores. About one out of every 10 daily crashes is caused intentionally by thieves — but the rest really are accidents.

We all know folks camp out outside Apple Stores to be the first to snag the latest, sleekest iPhone model, but it turns out there’s a competitive market for the old clunky ones, too: A first-generation iPhone just sold for a record-breaking $63,356 at auction. If that news sends you searching for your old phone with the cracked screen in a drawer at your parents’ house, you’re probably out of luck — this one was still sealed in its packaging because its owner didn’t want to switch to AT&T back when it was the only network the phone could be used on.

Weekly Focus – Think About It

yellow flowers“The first wealth is health.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, essayist and philosopher

The Markets

Sibling discord.

Stocks and bonds are two of the better-known asset classes in the family of potential investments. Last week, they were in opposition.

Bond yields have been moving higher in anticipation of the Federal Reserve raising rates again. For a while last week, every maturity of Treasury – from the 1-month Treasury bill to the 30-year Treasury bond – boasted a yield above 4%. Some shorter-maturity Treasuries yielded more than 5%.

When bond rates move higher, borrowing becomes more expensive for companies. As the cost of doing business rises, the outlook for company earnings tends to moderate, pushing stock prices lower. (Companies in the financial industry are often an exception because financial companies often benefit from higher rates.)

In addition, higher bond yields may lead to lower stock prices as investors who seek income, and prefer to take less risk, move some assets from stocks to bonds. For example, more conservative investors who have held dividend-paying stocks to help achieve retirement income goals might choose to move some assets into bonds.

“Rising Treasury yields can make stocks less appealing because they allow investors to park money in instruments that now earn an attractive return…investment grade bonds saw inflows for 10 consecutive weeks…the longest streak since October…,” reported Isabel Wang of Morningstar.

Like a younger sibling who refuses to follow the lead of an older brother or sister, stock markets ignored rising bond rates last week. It’s difficult to know which one is on the right track, which makes being selective more important, according to Carleton English of Barron’s.

“This is no longer a black-and-white, buy-or-sell stock market. The era of ‘There is no alternative’ to growth-oriented tech stocks is in the rearview mirror, and both stocks and bonds offer compelling opportunities, if you pick the right ones.”

Major U.S. stock indices finished higher, ending a three-week losing streak.

S&P 500, Dow Jones Global ex-US, Gold, Bloomberg Commodity Index returns exclude reinvested dividends (gold does not pay a dividend) and the three-, five-, and 10-year returns are annualized; and the 10-year Treasury Note is simply the yield at the close of the day on each of the historical periods.
Sources: Yahoo! Finance, MarketWatch, djindexes.com, London Bullion Market Association.
Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Indices are unmanaged and cannot be invested into directly. N/A means not applicable.
Data as of 3/3/231-WeekYTD1-Year3-Year5-Year10-Year
Standard & Poor’s 500 (Domestic Stocks)1.9%5.4%-7.3%10.4%8.3%10.3%
Dow Jones Global ex-U.S.1.75.4-7.12.7-0.22.0
10-year Treasury Note (Yield Only)4.0NA1.81.02.91.9
Gold (per ounce)1.71.6-4.64.56.91.6
Bloomberg Commodity Index2.6-4.0-11.914.04.1-2.2

The Power of Sunshine. If you’re worried about the possibility of dementia, make sure you’re topped up with vitamin D. That’s the finding of an ongoing study from the University of Calgary’s Brain Institute in Canada, the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, and the U.S. National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center

Moe than 12,000 people participated in the study. The average age of participants was 71, and none had dementia when the study began. Slightly more than one-third of participants received vitamin D supplements. Researchers noted:

“…taking vitamin D was associated with living dementia-free for longer, and they also found 40% fewer dementia diagnoses in the group who took supplements…While Vitamin D was effective in all groups, the team found that effects were significantly greater in females, compared to males. Similarly, effects were greater in people with normal cognition, compared to those who reported signs of mild cognitive impairment – changes to cognition which have been linked to a higher risk of dementia.”

Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin. When you walk outside on a sunny day, ultraviolet rays from the sun interact with chemicals in your skin to produce the vitamin. The amount you produce depends on a variety of factors, including where you live, the time of day you’re outside, and your pigmentation, reported the Mayo Clinic.

About one billion people around the world are deficient in vitamin D. That number includes about 35% of the U.S. population. In the U.S., people who are older than age 65 and people who have darker skin are more likely to experience vitamin D deficits, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Having too little Vitamin D can be a significant health issue because it may play a role in preventing cancer, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, bone softness, muscle weakness, and osteoporosis. As people become more aware of the importance of vitamin D, the market for supplements is expected to grow

Best regards,
John Klevens, CFP®

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* Corporate bonds are considered higher risk than government bonds but normally offer a higher yield and are subject to market, interest rate and credit risk as well as additional risks based on the quality of issuer coupon rate, price, yield, maturity, and redemption features.
* The Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) is an unmanaged group of securities considered to be representative of the stock market in general. You cannot invest directly in this index.
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* The Dow Jones Global ex-U.S. Index covers approximately 95% of the market capitalization of the 45 developed and emerging countries included in the Index.
* The 10-year Treasury Note represents debt owed by the United States Treasury to the public. Since the U.S. Government is seen as a risk-free borrower, investors use the 10-year Treasury Note as a benchmark for the long-term bond market.
* Gold represents the afternoon gold price as reported by the London Bullion Market Association. The gold price is set twice daily by the London Gold Fixing Company at 10:30 and 15:00 and is expressed in U.S. dollars per fine troy ounce.
* The Bloomberg Commodity Index is designed to be a highly liquid and diversified benchmark for the commodity futures market. The Index is composed of futures contracts on 19 physical commodities and was launched on July 14, 1998.
* The DJ Equity All REIT Total Return Index measures the total return performance of the equity subcategory of the Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) industry as calculated by Dow Jones.
* The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), commonly known as “The Dow,” is an index representing 30 stock of companies maintained and reviewed by the editors of The Wall Street Journal.
* The NASDAQ Composite is an unmanaged index of securities traded on the NASDAQ system.
* International investing involves special risks such as currency fluctuation and political instability and may not be suitable for all investors. These risks are often heightened for investments in emerging markets.
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* The risk of loss in trading commodities and futures can be substantial. You should therefore carefully consider whether such trading is suitable for you in light of your financial condition. The high degree of leverage is often obtainable in commodity trading and can work against you as well as for you. The use of leverage can lead to large losses as well as gains.
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Sources:
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