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Monthly Market Wrap: January 2022

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January 2022 Market Summary

Equities were off to a rough start in 2022, as the S&P 500 fell 5.2% and the Nasdaq 9%. Only one sector was positive in January: Energy, which shot 18.8% higher as tensions between Russia and Ukraine fueled the possibility of reduced oil supply. Though Financials were flat, Consumer Discretionary and other cyclical sectors took the worst hits in January.

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US treasury rates got a lift in January on news that the Federal Reserve would accelerate the timeline for raising rates. (Hint: stocks didn’t take too kindly to this, nor to speculation by some analysts that 6 to 7 rate hikes could come this year.) The 6-Month Treasury Rate increased 30 basis points to 0.49%, while the 10-Year rose from 1.52% to 1.79%.

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We saw the unemployment rate fall below 4% for the first time since February 2020. However, inflation continues to remain at an elevated 7%. Instruments perceived as inflation “hedges” or “safe havens” have failed to take off as well. The price of gold fell 1% in January and has traded sideways over the past twelve months, while the new kids on the inflation hedge block, cryptocurrencies, plummeted in January. 

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Off the YCharts! Follow the Arc of ARK, or is Berkshire Hathaway the Way?

Warren Buffett once said, “Charlie (Munger) and I would much rather earn a lumpy 15 percent over time than a smooth 12 percent.” But over the past 22 months, perhaps Buffett has never seen anything quite as “lumpy” as Cathie Wood’s ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK), nor a stock as “smooth” as his own Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B, BRK.A).

ARKK rose as much as 206.1% since the end of February 2020. However, shares have now been cut by more than half since its peak, to the point where Berkshire Hathaway is outperforming the once high-flying ETF as of January’s end. Berkshire’s smoother trajectory also edged out ARKK’s wilder path on an annualized return basis over the past 22 months.

Berkshire Hathaway and ARK Innovation ETF chart since February 2020

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Equity Performance

Major US Indexes

Major Index Returns for January 2022

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Value vs. Growth Performance

Though equities were down as a whole in January, value stocks took less of a hit. The iShares Russell 1000 Value ETF (IWD) fell 2.4% in January, while its growth counterpart (IWF) sank 8.7%. Value has also outperformed growth by nearly 6 points over the trailing twelve months.

Value vs growth chart for the last 12 months since January 2021

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US Sector Movement

SPDR ETF Sector Movement, January 2022

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Hot Stocks: January’s Top 10 S&P 500 Performers

Top ten performing S&P 500 stocks for January 2022

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Halliburton (HAL): 34.4%

Schlumberger (SLB): 30.5%

Occidental Petroleum (OXY): 29.9%

EOG Resources (EOG): 25.5%

Hess (HES): 24.7%

Exxon Mobil (XOM): 24.1%

APA (APA): 23.5%

ConocoPhillips (COP): 22.8%

Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD): 20.3%

Discover (DISCK): 19.4%


Laggards & Losers: January’s 10 Worst S&P 500 Performers

Worst performing S&P 500 stocks for January 2022

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Moderna (MRNA): -33.3%

Netflix (NFLX): -29.1%

EPAM Systems (EPAM): -28.8%

Etsy (ETSY): -28.3%

Teradyne (TER): -28.2%

Ceridian HCM Holding (CDAY): -27.4%

Bio-Techne (TECH): -27.2%

Align Technology (ALGN): -24.7%

Enphase Energy (ENPH): -23.2%

IDEXX Laboratories (IDXX): -23.0%


Fixed Income Performance

US Treasury Yield Curve

US Treasury Yield Curve Chart for January 2022

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1 Month Treasury Rate: 0.03%

3 Month Treasury Rate: 0.22%

6 Month Treasury Rate: 0.49%

1 Year Treasury Rate: 0.78%

2 Year Treasury Rate: 1.18%

3 Year Treasury Rate: 1.39%

5 Year Treasury Rate: 1.62%

10 Year Treasury Rate: 1.79%

20 Year Treasury Rate: 2.17%

30 Year Treasury Rate: 2.11%


Global Bonds

US and global bond yield chart as of January 31st 2022

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10 Year Treasury Rate: 1.79%

Canada 10 Year Benchmark Bond Yield: 1.76%

Italy Long Term Bond Interest Rate: 1.40%

United Kingdom Long Term Bond Interest Rate: 1.30%

Spain Long Term Bond Interest Rate: 0.78%

10-Year Eurozone Central Government Bond Par Yield: 0.41%

Japan 10 Year Government Bond Interest Rate: 0.18%

Germany Long Term Bond Interest Rate: -0.10%


Featured Market & Advisor News

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Economic Data


The unemployment rate fell 30 basis points to 3.9% in December, while weekly claims for unemployment ticked up to 260,000 for the week of January 22nd. The labor force participation rate stayed flat MoM at 61.9%, which is 1.5 percentage points below its pre-pandemic level.

Production and Sales

US Retail and Food Services Sales had its worst monthly decline since February 2021, falling 1.9% in December. The US ISM Manufacturing PMI continued its downward trend in December, falling 1.2 points to 57.6, it’s weakest reading since November 2020, though anything above 50 indicates expansion in the manufacturing sector.


The US housing market saw a record month of activity. Following a November in which US New Single Family Houses Sold grew 11.7% MoM, that figure was 11.9% in December. At the same time, Existing Home Months’ Supply fell to 1.8, its lowest reading on record. The strong housing activity caused the US Existing Home Average Sales Price to remain near its high at $372,200 as of December’s end.

Consumers and Inflation

December’s year-over-year US Inflation print came in at 7.0%, while the YoY US Core Inflation Rate was 5.5%. This resulted in the US Consumer Price Index rising 0.5% MoM. Prices outpaced spending on a MoM basis for the third straight month, as consumer spending (PCE) increased just 0.4%.


The price of Gold in USD was $1,788.20 per ounce at January’s end. The SPDR Gold Shares ETF (GLD) slipped 1.5% in January, while the VanEck Gold Miners ETF (GDX) fell 5.6%.


Oil prices reached 7-year highs last month. The WTI Daily Spot Price was $89.16 per barrel as of January 31st, and the Brent Daily Spot Price sat at $92.35.


The price of Bitcoin was $37,983 as of January 31st, down 19.5% in the month and off 43.0% from its all time high. Ethereum stood at $2,610, representing a 44.2% retracement, and Cardano ended the month at $1.04.


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