CIO Monthly Observations - June 2024

Chris Zaccarelli |

Markets in Review

Stock markets recovered from their April lows and rose for the fourth time in five months, with the S&P 500 jumping 4.8% in May, which increased its year-to-date gains to 10.6%. The MSCI All Country World index also rose during the month, gaining 3.8%, improving its year-to-date return to 8.1%. The Bloomberg BarCap U.S. Aggregate Bond index also bounced back 1.7% during the month to reduce its year-to-date losses to -1.65%.

The stock and bond markets continued to react to inflation data as the Federal Reserve is waiting for a string of lower datapoints before it will begin its next rate-cutting cycle. Geopolitical risk remains a concern as wars in the Middle East and Eastern Europe continue to impact supply chains, commodities and shipping lanes.

Monthly Highlights


Inflation has been easing again, potentially allowing for a rate cut later this year The Israel-Hamas war shows no signs of letting up

Stock market rallied again in May, with the Dow posting a record day

News in Review

Below are some stories that caught our eye this past month. To learn more, follow the links to the full article.

CPI Report Shows Inflation Easing in April

Markets have been especially focused on inflation this year because it is the one factor holding the Federal Reserve back from lowering interest rates. This month’s report, which included price changes for April, showed that the month-over-month rate of inflation was coming down, which helped markets stage a rally from last month’s pullback.

Israel Says a Cease-Fire Plan Backed by Hamas Falls Short

The Israel-Hamas war continues, despite efforts by the US and Qatar to try and mediate a cease-fire. Israel is laser-focused on eliminating the leadership of Hamas, which slaughtered over 1000 innocent people on October 7, 2023, however, there are millions of innocent Palestinian civilians caught in the crossfire and countries from around the region are trying to prevent starvation in the war-torn area.

Dow Posts Best Day of 2024

The Dow Jones Industrial Average had its best day of the year on the last day of May, despite inflation data coming in at +0.2% month-over-month, which was inline with the forecast. Clearly investors were worried it would be worse and responded to the data by buying aggressively throughout the day. In the bond market, Treasury yields dropped, as fixed income investors also breathed a sigh of relief.

Another Powerful Solar Storm Could be Headed our Way

A sunspot on the Southeastern corner of the sun created solar flares and G5 geomagnetic storms (e.g. the highest on the scale) in May, which interrupted shortwave radios, but didn’t appear to do any other damage to electronics.

However, we may be facing another event on June 6th, which could cause blackouts or other interruptions, depending on the path of the solar storm.

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