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Investylitics Portfolio Update

Horizon Advisor Network Investment Committee March 21, 2022

Executive Summary

  • After announcing that the Federal Reserve Bank was shifting policy to begin fighting persistent and rising inflation in November, we finally had liftoff last week, as they embarked on a campaign to raise interest rates.
  • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is nearing the one-month mark with no immediate end in sight. This promises to disrupt supply chains and prices in both energy and food.
  • Stock market volatility, on both the up and downside continue to pick up. After finishing at new yearly lows early last week, we saw the market rebound strongly towards the end of the week.
  • While GDP and economic reports continue to show some signs of strength, the question is how long will this last and will the double whammy of inflation and war derail this in the future?
  • These changes in the economy and geopolitical backdrop have caused the committee to adjust our model portfolios that are outlined below.

As we mentioned in our report last week, the Investylitics Committee of Horizon Advisor Network was continuing to discuss the issues outlined above. To that end, we have decided to make several adjustments to try to position our portfolios for the current environment.

First of all, as we entered calendar year 2022, it looked like Europe’s growth was accelerating, and their markets were poised for favorable performance. That has been changed dramatically by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Because of their geographic proximity to, and their reliance on Russian energy sources, we believe that growth in Europe will be significantly slower than what was expected at the start of this year. Therefore, we are trimming exposure in our portfolios to this part of the world.

As we know that the war will create continued strains and pricing pressures to both energy and food prices, inflation will likely be higher and more persistent than we had hoped or that the Federal Reserve and Treasury department had indicated. There are concerns that higher prices will eat up more of what consumers earn. This could deplete savings and slow future economic growth…something that we will be watching closely.

Pressure building from low savings

As a result, the Fed raised interest rates by 1/4% this week. In their statement released and in Chairman Jay Powell’s press conference, he stated that the Fed intends to raise interest rate six additional times this year.

We know that the bond market moves inversely to interest rates and is already experiencing what would be its worst year ever if measured by year-to-date performance. The committee is continuing to reduce interest rate duration in our bond positions to try to further reduce this risk.

On a historical basis, we can look at the chart below to determine how the stock market has historically responded to past rate increases (past performance does NOT guarantee future returns).

We also know that higher interest rates tend to favor value and dividend stocks over longer duration growth stocks, which have enjoyed a period of outperformance for many years. As a result, the committee is continuing to shift from growth towards value equities within our model portfolios.

Finally, to help try to mitigate risk and volatility in both the stock and bond markets, we are continuing to carefully add diversifying, non-correlated alternative asset classes as the committee sees appropriate. 

You will be seeing trade notifications in the next few days. We wanted to let you know what was going on and why. As always, the committee strives to stay on top of our ever-changing economic landscape. We want to be looking through the windshield at what is coming over the horizon, both economically and politically, so that we can position and manage the assets that you, our values friends, and clients, entrust to us.

As always, please feel free reach out to your advisor if you have questions regarding your particular situation. The Investylitics team and the advisors of Impel Wealth Management look forward to continuing to help you meet your retirement and investment goals for many years to come. Thanks, and have a great day.

The views stated are not necessarily the opinion of Cetera Advisors LLC and should not be construed directly or indirectly as an offer to buy or sell any securities mentioned herein.  Due to volatility within the markets mentioned, opinions are subject to change without notice. Information is based on sources believed to be reliable; however, their accuracy or completeness cannot be guaranteed.  Past performance does not guarantee future results.

Investors cannot invest directly in indexes. The performance of any index is not indicative of the performance of any investment and does not take into account the effects of inflation and the fees and expenses associated with investing.


Jesse Hurst - Chair, Impel Wealth Management

Nathan Ollish - Impel Wealth Management

Clint Gautreau, Horizon Financial Group

Kevin Myers, ATL Global

Joy Schlie, FHT Financial Advisors

Dusty Green, Spencer Financial Inc.


Jesse W. Hurst, CFP®, AIF®
Financial Advisor

*Award Recipient Jesse Hurst 

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