February 2022 – Market Update

Written By: Prevail Strategies

Hello again – we hope you are having a great start to your February. Prevail is pleased to bring you another edition of our monthly communication where we discuss current developments, macro trends, expectations, how we interpret the state of the markets, and other topics.

We want to make sure we keep you up-to-date and informed on topics in the market that are important to you, and we hope you find this information useful. If you have any questions, please contact your Investment Advisor Representative.

Summary Overview

Economic growth reaccelerated at the end of 2021 and should continue to be very strong as reopening resumes and companies try to rebuild inventories.

As we move further into 2022, the real output looks set to exceed its pre-pandemic growth path, indicating a full recovery.
The economy in 2022 should be much healthier than in the last two years. World GDP has recovered from the worst of the effects of the pandemic. Some of the economies hurt the worst by the virus in 2020 and early 2021 have recently rebounded – with others expected to follow soon.

Inflation and Supply Chains

The January CPI print came in at a red-hot +7.5% Y/Y – economists forecasted a 7.3% increase. Despite the higher-than-anticipated print, the market was not rattled because investors were already expecting a fairly hot CPI print.
The combination of supply chain woes, surging demand, heavy government spending, and extremely accommodative monetary policy have contributed to a surge in inflation that is nearly impossible to not notice. Words like “supply chain,” “logistics,” and “inflation” appeared in 71% of Q4 earnings calls, which is up 39.2% from the previous year.

Many supply chain problems figure to ease over the course of the year – though how quickly and how much they improve remain to be seen. Delays in manufacturing and shipping caused by omicron should end fairly quickly this winter and lead to a burst of activity in the spring.

Oil

The price of oil continues to rise based on worries about a possible invasion of Ukraine, anticipated cold weather, and mounting output concerns surrounding OPEC+.
US Implied Oil Demand – a forward-looking indicator – hit an all-time high last week. The implied oil market deficit this year is -1.1 million barrels/day compared to the forecasted demand of 1.2-1.4 million barrel/day surplus
What’s most important about this number is that peak season for oil demand is months away. If demand continues to remain strong, expect the price of oil to keep climbing.

Rate Hikes

Based on the February CPI print, we expect the Fed to raise rates by 50 bps in March, not 25 bps. If the Fed raises rates by 25 bps, then we expect another quick subsequent 25 bps rate hike in May. Despite the recent pullback in equity valuations – which we believe was necessary given the unprecedented growth over the last few years – we expect more market volatility when the Fed raises interest rates in March, especially if they raise rates by 50 bps.

Despite all the chatter surrounding the Fed, we do not believe the market has appropriately “priced in” the coming rate hikes and we see this as an opportunity to capitalize on the expected volatility.

Going Forward – Volatility Suits Active Management

S&P valuation dispersion (shown in the graphic) is currently markedly higher than the 25-year average – this wide dispersion in valuations points to an opportunity for active management to outperform.

Given the substantial growth, markets have had already in this economic cycle, we believe most growth will now be driven by quality firms with sound fundamentals and the ability to generate positive earnings and cash flow growth. Being active in our models gives us the opportunity to ride the waves of volatility by increasing our portfolio turnover, compounding small gains in individual names, and keeping our capital moving so we can stay out in front of the market.

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