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Weekly Wealth of Knowledge - Week of 10/9/23

October 10, 2023

The Weekly Wealth of Knowledge is your download of this week's most important topics related to our community, financial planning, the markets and more! October continues with "breast cancer awareness" month, where we will be providing you content on how to get involved to support the continued battle against this horrible disease. This will include ways to give, get involved with advocacy, as well as ensure you are educated on how to carry the torch, not just in October, but throughout the year!

In this issue:

  • MONECO Insights - Budgeting For Medical Expenses (3 min read)
  • Team MONECO - Giving Back (2 min read)
  • Staying The Course (3 min read)

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MONECO Insights - Budgeting For Medical Expenses

As we continue with "breast cancer awareness" month in October, this week our MONECO Insights' Team takes a closer look at budgeting for unforeseen medical expenses. Budgeting for medical expenses is an essential component of financial planning. Read below to find out how to earmark certain funds for future costs and some tips to implement along the way.  As always, if you have any questions, we are here for you.  

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Team MONECO -  Giving Back

This week around the office we had the honor of presenting Chief of Police Robert Kalamaras and other members of the Fairfield Police Department with a check for $23,000 to benefit the Fairfield Police Foundation. These funds were part of the total of $46,000 raised at the 5th Annual Fairfield Police Sunset 5k - Presented by MONECO Advisors. 

The Fairfield Police Foundation was created to raise and distribute funds to the Fairfield Police Department for a variety of purposes, including essential equipment, technology and training typically outside the municipal budget, costs associated with officer wellness initiatives, and the continued community funding of the Fairfield Police K9 Unit. Our own Eric Johnson is also a board member on the foundation. It also supports officer recognition programs and other items which typically fall outside of a typical police budget in order to make the job of a Fairfield Police Officer, safer, healthier and more sustainable.

MONECO is so proud of the turnout of the Sunset 5K this year, and we want to extend a big thank you to our clients for showing their support. Here at MONECO, we believe that supporting the communities that we are fortunate enough to live and work in, is one of the most important aspects of our business and helps build a stronger, more resilient community.


Staying The Course

The S&P 500 lost 3.3% in the third quarter after sliding nearly 5% in September. Putting this into perspective, nothing really qualifies as out of the ordinary. Since 1950, the S&P 500 has historically declined in September 55% of the time, posting an average decline of 3.8%. September has certainly lived up to its reputation as being a weak seasonal period for stocks. The main culprits were rising interest rates and government shutdown fears.

Whether your goal is growth, value, or probably some combination of the two, there wasn’t a difference in performance between the two (on the Russell 1000 indexes). Stocks in both investing styles generated nearly identical total returns during the quarter. Growth, however, still maintains its more than 11 percentage point year-to-date gain over value.

Energy was by far and away the top performing sector last quarter and the only sector up on the month. The sector has benefited from higher oil prices and increasingly more shareholder-friendly producers. At the other end of the spectrum, real estate and utilities struggled with 9.7% and 10.1% quarterly declines, respectively, as rising interest rates challenged income-oriented sectors. The U.S. slightly outperformed the developed international markets while emerging markets held up slightly better despite the strong U.S. dollar.

Moving onto the economy, we’re feeling the ripple effects as higher short-term interest rates flow into our daily lives—in business and consumer interest rates. For example, would-be homebuyers saw the average 30-year fixed rate reach a 23-year high at the end of last month. Remember, the Federal Reserve (Fed) raised short-term interest rates in an effort to slow the economy and halt inflation, which we are starting to see.

Given the economic backdrop, we wouldn’t be surprised if the markets remain a bit choppy this month. In addition to that, October can be bumpy anyway and of course, the prospect of a government shutdown looms in another six weeks. But overall, we suggest staying the course, and there are plenty of reasons to be cautiously optimistic about where we’re headed:

  • The labor market shows signs of moving in the right direction, with more balance between the supply and demand for workers.
  • Inflation is coming down. The Fed is most likely done with its aggressive rate-hiking campaign, which is good news for investors and policymakers alike.
  • The fourth quarter is historically the best quarter for the S&P 500, with average gains around 4.2%.

Underscoring these reasons for staying invested is how difficult it is to time the market, despite some of the risks at hand. Plus, opportunities in high-quality fixed income (e.g. U.S. bonds, corporate bonds) are as attractive as they’ve been in decades. All in all, October can be volatile, but there’s probably no need to get spooked by bouts of higher volatility.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions.

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