Quarterly Capital Market Review & Outlook

U.S. Economic Outlook

  • Economic data released in the second quarter suggests the economy’s recovery began as state lockdown measures eased. BBVA USA Research expects the recovery will take an “incomplete V” shape, meaning it will be slower than anticipated and could be impacted by a second wave of new cases.
  • The labor market will be important to watch in the coming months to gain insight on the magnitude and length of the current recovery. The U.S. economy added 4.8 million jobs in June on top of the 2.7 million jobs added in May.
  • The Federal Reserve has indicated it is committed to do whatever it can to support the economy. If necessary, the Fed could continue to expand its balance sheet, already at $7 trillion, or provide more guidance about the future direction of interest rates.

Equity Outlook

  • The Second Quarter was the best quarter for the S&P 500 since 1998, increasing by 20.5%. For the Dow Jones Industrial Average, it was the best quarter since 1987, with a return of 18.5%. Meanwhile the tech-heavy NASDAQ lead the way with 30.9%. Internationally, both the MSCI EAFE (developed international) and MSCI EM (emerging markets) indices had double digit returns, but lagged compared to domestic markets.
  • As we enter into the Second Quarter earnings season, investors will learn a lot about the initial impact of shutdowns on corporate results. While Wall Street analysts are doing their very best to predict those results, we are likely to see actual numbers vastly different than expectations.
  • While the quarter saw a broader section of the market do well, diversification in general has not helped returns halfway through the year. Anything outside of large, technology-based businesses has struggled.

Fixed Income Outlook

  • In the second quarter of 2020, the U.S. fixed income markets recovered from the volatility in March. It appears the height of the recent move, the highest risk premiums, and widest credit spreads occurred on March 20th.
  • After hitting their widest point in late March, credit spreads saw a dramatic recovery throughout the second quarter. The Fed helped stabilize the investment grade corporate credit market by creating a buying program, primarily in the one to five-year part of the curve. Meanwhile the high yield sector had its best quarter in a decade and saw returns of over 10%.
  • The municipal bond market experienced a strong rally in the second quarter of 2020 as attractive yields brought investors into the asset class. Increased government intervention, strong investor demand for tax-free income, and limited new issue supply pushed municipal yields lower during the quarter.
Fourth Quarter 2019

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Other Sources: Bloomberg; California.gov; Russell.com; First page index returns are calculated on a total return basis using the following indexes: S&P 500 (SPX), MSCI World (MXWO), MSCI Emerging Markets (MXEF), BofA Merrill Lynch U.S. Treasuries 1-10 years, BofA Merrill Lynch U.S. Agencies 1-10 years, BofA Merrill Lynch U.S. Corporates 1-10 years A-AAA, BofA Merrill Lynch U.S. Municipals 1-10 years A-AAA, Russell Top 200 Index, Russell 1000 Index, Russell Midcap Index, Russell 2500 Index, Russell 2000 Index, Credit Suisse High Yield Index (CSHY), MSCI U.S. REIT Index (RMZ Index).