October 2022 – Bond Market Review
Oct 14, 2022 | Monthly Review
Market volatility has intensified as financial conditions tighten and global central banks pursue monetary policies to combat persistently high inflation and maintain financial market stability. Labor markets and consumer balance sheets remain strong; however, inflation is weighing heavily on consumer sentiment and beginning to impact discretionary spending. Corporate earnings have generally performed better than expected, but warnings are growing along with wider credit spreads. While evidence of slower economic conditions has begun to mount, we expect the Federal Reserve to continue to raise rates until a sustainable improvement in inflationary conditions has been achieved. Over the near-term, we expect financial market volatility to remain intensified and conditions tighter with persistent inflation, geopolitical risk, and the Fed's hawkish monetary policy.