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Markets & Economic Update for December 2023: A Soft Landing for the Economy?

December 7, 2023
David Lundgren, CFA®
David Lundgren, CFA®

Each month, senior leaders of Hancock Whitney's Asset Management team discuss the latest news and events that impact markets and the economy.

 

This month:

November saw healthy equity returns, and the soft landing economic scenario continues to gain acceptance.

 

Watch and listen to the webinar:

 

Key Takeaways:

  • It was a huge month for equity returns. What were the results and why? Better breadth? What is the outlook going forward?
  • The soft landing economic scenario has gained credence. How have the markets responded?
  • Interest rates declined significantly during the month of November leading to the best single month for bonds since 1985. What drove the rally?
  • How is Q4 economic activity? What are the recent trends for both jobs and inflation?
  • The Federal Reserve meets again next week. What should we expect?
  • Congress avoided a partial government shutdown in mid-November with the passage of a continuing resolution. We discuss some of the unusual provisions with this resolution.
  • Some major labor disputes were recently resolved. What do the agreements mean for the balance of power between companies and labor and what’s potential economic impact?

 

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