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Markets & Economic Update for March 2023: Uncertainty Continues to Affect Markets

March 9, 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:

Sentiment seems to have shifted regarding economic growth, while February data indicated that inflation is still strong. What has changed and what is the outlook for inflation going forward?


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Key Takeaways:

  • Sentiment has shifted regarding economic growth – what factors are contributing to this shift in trend?
  • Positive inflation data was released in January but the February data indicated stronger inflation than expected. What has changed and what is the outlook for inflation from here?
  • What should we expect from the Fed given this new data?  
  • After a very strong start to the year, February was a much more difficult month for stocks – was this a function of concerns about a more hawkish Fed or something more?
  • The war between Russia and the Ukraine remains in the background of the financial markets – where do things stand currently, what is the possibility of further escalation, and what is the market impact.
  • Intelligence indicates that China is considering supplying assistance to Russia. What could this mean for China’s relationship with the U.S. and Europe?
  • As China reopens from COVID, how does this impact global economic growth?
  • Bond yields jumped in February and the 10-year treasury jumped above 4% for a short period. Where do we go from here?
  • Risks remain high, but are there opportunities in stocks going forward?

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