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Markets & Economic Update for February 2023: U.S. Economy Remains Resilient

February 10, 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: While experts have warned for months that the country could slip into a recession, the strength of the U.S. economy continues to defy expectations.


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Key Takeaways:

  • The team discusses the strength of the economy and whether we can we have a recession with unemployment at less than 4%.
  • Highlights from the most recent Fed meeting and discussion about what their next move could be.
  • Has inflation peaked? A review of the most recent trends.
  • Are the recent inflation trends positive enough for a pause from the Fed in the near future?
  • The stock market had a great January; is this current rally another “hope trade”? 
  • Bonds also had a solid month as yields fell across the curve. Have we finally found a range for rates? Can longer term rates go higher from here?
  • Why are stocks rallying in the face of declining rates? Where does the market go from here?
  • Debt ceiling debate is heating up, what is the latest? Will it pressure yields higher if negotiations get tense?
  • The Chinese weather balloon incident and some of the broader economic impacts of this?
  • Russia – Ukraine update and the market and economic risks of further escalation.

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