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FT Wilshire 5000 mid-year review: Perspectives on the correction

July 5, 2022
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The first half of 2022 witnessed a significant correction to the FT Wilshire 5000 index taking the index back to levels last seen in early 2021

A key feature of the sell off was the rotation out of long duration growth and tech stocks in response to rising real yields. It also produced a statistically significant decline in PE valuation.

Correction driven by stagflation and monetary policy angst

As at the close on June 30th 2022 the FT Wilshire 5000 index delivered a negative return of -20.9% for the first half of the year. Most of the negative return was delivered by the substantial Q2 correction of -16.8% as market sentiment reacted to mounting stagflation angst and increasingly hawkish Federal Reserve guidance.

Chart 1: The largest half year correction on record

Source: Wilshire, Refinitiv

Chart 2: The correction has rewound the index back to February 2021 levels:

Source: Wilshire, Refinitiv, FactSet

However, despite the pullback US equities have still delivered strong nominal and real long-term returns  measured on both an aggregate and annualized basis.

Chart 3: Strong long term Nominal and Real returns

Source: Wilshire, Refinitiv, FactSet

A key feature of the first half was the long duration (growth) stock sell-off

A significant element of the correction was driven by a rotation out of long duration growth and technology stocks as real yields increased

Chart 4: Rising Real Yields have led to Growth stock underperformance/Value stock performance

Source: Wilshire, Refinitiv, FactSet

The growth stock underperformance was dominated by the negative sector weighted performance contribution delivered by the Digital Information, Technology and Consumer Goods and Services sectors. Only the Energy sector posted a positive return contribution YTD.

Chart 5: FT Wilshire 500 Sector Weighted Performance Contributions YTD

Source: Wilshire

The correction has produced a significant and rapid PE decline - producing a rarely seen 3 standard deviation move.

Chart 6: A rapid and large decline in the PE valuation

Source: Refinitiv, FactSet


Philip Lawlor

Managing Director,  Market Research (Benchmarks)

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