With the June 30 close of 1H2022, Jeff Mayberry and Samuel Lau start (2:21) by looking at the month, quarterly and first-half-of-2022 returns for the stock market. These left the S&P 500 down just under 20% for the first six months of the year. The best-performing sector for that period was Energy, up 31.8%; the worst performer, Consumer Discretionary, down 32½%. Investors learned the hard way that 60-40 stock bond portfolios offered no protection from the year’s pain. Putting things into perspective, Samuel Lau notes that a proxy constructed by Deutsch Bank (8:15) shows that the 10-year U.S. Treasury in 2022 had its worst first half of the year since 1788. Touring the fixed income landscape (10:38), Jeff and Sam observe the Bloomberg U.S. Bond Aggregate, the widely followed proxy for the high-grade domestic bond market, lost 10.4% in 1H2022, led by a 14.4% loss in investment-grade corporate credit. The podcast discussed (12:40) an almost 11% pullback in June in commodities as measured by the Bloomberg Commodity Index, although that benchmark holds a gain of 18% year-to-date.
In their review of macro news for the week of June 27-July 1 (15:52), the podcast hosts sought to temper people’s take on a hotter-than-expected 1.9% month-over-month gain in April by the S&P CoreLogic 20-City Home Price Index, bringing its YoY return to 21.2%. Jeff Mayberry points out that April excludes the subsequent run-up in mortgage rates. He cautions people to wait for the housing index’s May print. A June “wobble” in the ISM Manufacturing series (17:55) caught Mayberry’s eye. While still in expansionary territory, the ISM Manufacturing index came in at 53.0 versus expectations of 54½. Meanwhile, the new orders component of the index printed 49.2, the first time since the COVID-19 recession of 2020. The market week of July 5-9, although abbreviated, promises to be a charged with macro news (22:24). Reports due include May durable goods (final) on Tuesday; on Wednesday, ISM Services, JOLTS jobs, Federal Open Market Committee Meeting minutes; and Friday nonfarm payrolls and unemployment rates.
Mr. Mayberry joined DoubleLine in 2009. He is a Portfolio Manager on DoubleLine’s strategic commodity strategy while working in portfolio management and trading for derivatives‐based and multi‐asset strategies. Mr. Mayberry is a Strategist on the Fixed Income Asset Allocation (FIAA) committee and a contributing member on our Global Asset Allocation and Macro committees. He also co-hosts DoubleLine’s weekly Monday Morning Minutes (Twitter @DLineMinutes, Minutes@Doubleline.com) podcast. Prior to DoubleLine, Mr. Mayberry was a Senior Vice President at TCW for nine years within the Mortgage Group, where he specialized in portfolio and fund monitoring and analytics. He holds a B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College and an M.S. in Financial Engineering from the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.
Mr. Lau joined DoubleLine in 2009. He is a Strategist on the Fixed Income Asset Allocation (FIAA) Committee and a contributing member on the Global Asset Allocation and Macro committees. Mr. Lau is a Portfolio Manager on DoubleLine’s strategic commodity strategy while working in portfolio management and trading for derivatives-based and multi-asset strategies, including DoubleLine's Shiller Enhanced CAPE®, Shiller Enhanced International CAPE®, Real Estate and Income, and Multi-Asset Trend strategies. He also co-hosts the Sherman Show (Twitter @ShermanShowPod, ShermanShow@Doubleline.com) and Monday Morning Minutes (Twitter @DLineMinutes, Minutes@Doubleline.com) podcasts. Prior to DoubleLine, Mr. Lau was a Vice President at TCW where he worked under Jeffrey Gundlach as a Research Analyst in the Mortgage Group. He holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.