Weekly Client Letter – June 17, 2024

Recent market volatility has been largely influenced by the Federal Reserve and expectations around interest rate cuts. Notably, the performance of large-cap stocks compared to small-cap stocks has been tied to these rate expectations.

Earlier this quarter, higher inflation led to fewer anticipated rate cuts, favoring large caps as small caps struggled with rising rates.

Now, with recent inflation easing more than expected expectations for rate cuts have increased again, leading to a shift back toward small caps. While this doesn’t alter our strategy, it’s a useful indicator of how market breadth could change with rate-cut catalysts.

Interest Rate Expectations Impact on Stocks

Weekly Client Letter - June 17, 2024
Source: Bloomberg, Redwood. Data as of 6/12/2024. Date Range from 6/23/2023 – 6/12/2024. Small Cap is representative of the Russell 2000 index. Large Cap is representative of the S&P 500 index. The Implied U.S. Futures Rate represents the estimated Dec 31, 2024, forward rate for the United States using the futures models.
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