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Market Outlook – Q1, 2022

- January 23, 2022

Markets are like little kids. They want candy, and the minute you try to take the candy away, they have a tantrum

– Mohamed El-Erian, Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz, 2021

The lifecycle of a theme: from “your fears are unjustified” to “why did almost no one see inflation coming?” in less than 12 months

A generally strong quarter for risk assets, especially U.S. REITs and large cap stocks; balanced U.S. portfolios returned 4.1%

Key markets near all-time highs with inflation running well above “target” exposes the impossible challenge policymakers face

Remain diversified and tilted for upside inflation risks (value equities, lower duration bonds, overweight real assets and opportunistic)

My Democratic colleagues in Washington are determined to dramatically reshape our society in a way that leaves our country even more vulnerable to the threats we face. I cannot take that risk with a staggering debt of more than $29 trillion and inflation taxes that are real and harmful to every hard-working American at the gasoline pumps, grocery stores and utility bills with no end in sight.

– Joe Manchin, Unites States Senator and Democrat, West Virginia

Growth and inflation both expected to slow, but to remain above average for next several quarters

U.S. durable goods orders reached a record as demand remains strong; retailers have struggled to build inventories to match demand

The reliance on government transfers over the last few years was astonishing; the hangover from this ending could be harsh

As transfer payments have waned, the consumer has started to dial up leverage, but plenty of room to go...

Inflation is surprising forecasts on a global scale, a first since 2009

Inflation and inflation expectations are still somewhat contained, but any increases would pose a significant risk to the economy and markets

Watch the Treasury market for policy changes: the 2-year Treasury tells you everything you need to know about pending Fed decisions

Adjusted for U.S. housing price appreciation, inflation would be significantly higher due to the lag in reporting of shelter in CPI

Job quits rise, openings fall as restaurants struggle with COVID-19 policy response to rising cases

Companies getting creative in attempts to attract workers in a challenging labor market environment that is very different from the ‘09-’11 recovery

Whether by vaccination, prior infection or both, more than 90% of the population could have a form of immunity

The reaction function and policy response to the pandemic has been significant and unpredictable; Omicron disruptions seem to be waning

“Back to work” hasn’t gone according to plan

Rising energy prices will continue to be a hot topic for consumers and the current administration

Global quantitative easing efforts supported the recent gains in global stocks

Thinking well ahead, if the Fed ever does need to reverse course, they have substantially more options than the ECB and BoJ

Right now, we’re in a raging mania.

– Stan Druckenmiller, Investor, 2021

U.S. large cap stocks outperformed during the quarter; U.S. valuations remain higher than international and emerging markets

Earnings grew at a faster rate than returns in 2021, resulting in multiple compression in the S&P 500

Global EPS growth expectations have slowed; U.S. growth is expected to be higher than the rest of the world in 2022

Quarantine stock basket now trails the broader U.S. stock market over 24 months

Just 30% of the NASDAQ 100 trades above their 200-day moving averages

Growth price optimism not supported by earnings

Historically small cap has been more expensive than large cap, but small cap relative valuations are currently near the lowest levels in recent history

Relative to earnings estimates, emerging & frontier market stocks are cheapest; relative to sales, U.S. Large Cap stocks appear very expensive

A record $230 billion of buybacks in Q3; financials and tech were the two leading sectors, repurchasing a combined $125 billion

Buyback and dividend yields for U.S. large cap stocks rose in the third quarter as buybacks reached a record high

Frothy public markets lead to largest IPO year on record

Pent-up pandemic demand has pushed 2021 venture activity to shatter previous records

Momentum persists at late stage of venture activity

VC-backed tech unicorns were the belle of the IPO-ball in 2021...

...until they flopped in the public markets

By leaving hikes so late in the cycle, the Fed’s predicament puts them at odds with a 30 year history of being accommodative

What Fisher and other former Fed insiders told me is that the stock market rally was no accident. By design, the Fed’s QE program effectively lowered long-term interest rates, making safer investments like bonds less attractive and riskier assets like stocks more attractive. It was hard to argue with the results: Stock prices kept going up.

– James Jacoby, Financial Commentator, Director, July 2021

HYBs and bank loans were top performers; International Dev bonds were a major underperformer as “return-free risk” comes home to roost

In fixed income, we have been (reluctantly) more tactical over the last two years as a result of the pandemic

U.S. Treasury yield curve steepened significantly last year while credit spreads remain at or near historically tight levels

Credit spreads near median across most sectors with limited pockets of opportunity starting to emerge

2021 was 3rdworst year for U.S. bonds since 1989 and 2022 is off to an even worse start

Recent bear flattening, if it continues, could spell the end of this cycle via suggests potential trouble ahead for the Fed and the economy

Treasuries increasingly becoming the largest segment of the now $52 trillion fixed income and credit securities market

The U.S. bond market remains relatively higher yield, which could help keep U.S. rates somewhat contained

The treasury market has been an enabler of increasing deficit spending and debt levels... when will it become a “vigilante”?

Powell is right: this time isn’t like the 1970s...from a capital allocation standpoint, it’s worse

Private debt fundraising bounces back in Q3, but number of funds is on pace for lowest count since 2011

Private debt funds bounced back in Q3, now at more normal allocation levels

We think the energy space is really cheap. What helps is we were not in the energy space before. The amount of capital available in the oil patch is disappearing… [It’s like the] real-estate industry in the early 1990s, where you had empty buildings all over the place, nobody had cash.

– Sam Zell, Equity Group Investments Founder, March 7, 2000REAL ASSETS

Real assets sold off in November initially on uncertainty around Covid restrictions and policy, but rallied into the end of the year

REIT yields may be currently attractive on a relative basis, but in keeping perspective they are at the lowest absolute levels in history

Commodities have outperformed stocks through the COVID-19 crisis

We remain constructive on gold miners

Oil and natural gas producers have been cautious to bring rigs back online despite rising prices

As natural gas inventories started to replenish, prices normalized, but remain elevated

Crude oil inventories have been drawn down each week since November, demand for refined oil remains near multi-decade highs

Midstream yields remain substantially above REITs, free cash flow yields of real assets and infrastructure category remain attractive

Gold miner performance has diverged from fundamentals, the industry has seen broad deleveraging and improving cash generation

Real yields rose modestly, and aggregate amount of global negative yielding debt continues to fall

Excesses in one direction will lead to an opposite excess in the other direction.

– Bob Farrell, Former Head of Research, Merrill

Closed-end funds and hedged equity outperformed for the quarter; global macro had a disappointing end to a lackluster year

Retail mania has mostly faded for now

Tactical opportunities have been working to mitigate volatility while keeping pace with the broader equity market

Muni credit sentiment remains elevated, historically associated with lower-than-average forward returns

While higher profile digital asset prices have cooled off, interest remains high in underlying themes

Bitcoin ETF launch was another “buy the rumor, sell the news” event

Nobody knows how this is going to turn out. This is an experiment.

– Howard Marks, Co-chairman, Founder Oaktree Capital Management, 2021

2021 was an unusual year for global stocks and bonds (and again highlighting the unusual predicament the Fed is in)

Expected 10-year returns for domestic equities fell modestly as valuations rose while expected returns for bonds rose with yields

Some good news: longer-term return expectations hold relatively stable as the mean reversion of higher valuations is distributed over a longer time frame

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Magnus Financial Group LLC (“Magnus”) did not produce and bears no responsibility for any part of this report whatsoever, including but not limited to any macroeconomic views, inaccuracies or any errors or omissions. Research and data used in the presentation have come from third-party sources that Magnus has not independently verified presentation and the opinions expressed are not by Magnus or its employees and are current only as of the time made and are subject to change without notice.

This report may include estimates, projections or other forward-looking statements, however, due to numerous factors, actual events may differ substantially from those presented. The graphs and tables making up this report have been based on unaudited, third-party data and performance information provided to us by one or more commercial databases. Except for the historical information contained in this report, certain matters are forward looking statements or projections that are dependent upon risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to factors and considerations such as general market volatility, global economic risk, geopolitical risk, currency risk and other country-specific factors, fiscal and monetary policy, the level of interest rates, security-specific risks, and historical market segment or sector performance relationships as they relate to the business and economic cycle.

Additionally, please be aware that past performance is not a guide to the future performance of any manager or strategy, and that the performance results and historical information provided displayed herein may have been adversely or favorably impacted by events and economic conditions that will not prevail in the future. Therefore, it should not be inferred that these results are indicative of the future performance of any strategy, index, fund, manager or group of managers. Index benchmarks contained in this report are provided so that performance can be compared with the performance of well-known and widely recognized indices. Index results assume the re-investment of all dividends and interest.

The information provided is not intended to be, and should not be construed as, investment, legal or tax advice nor should such information contained herein be construed as a recommendation or advice to purchase or sell any security, investment, or portfolio allocation. An investor should consult with their financial advisor to determine the appropriate investment strategies and investment vehicles. Investment decisions should be made based on the investor’s specific financial needs and objectives, goals, time horizon and risk tolerance. This presentation makes no implied or express recommendations concerning the way any client’s accounts should or would be handled, as appropriate investment decisions depend upon the client’s specific investment objectives.

Investment advisory services offered through Magnus; securities offered through third party custodial relationships. More information about Magnus can be found on its Form ADV at www.adviserinfo.sec.gov.

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This report is intended solely for the use of its recipient. There is a fee associated with the access to this report and the information and materials presented herein. Re-distribution or republication of this report and its contents are prohibited. Expert use is implied.

DEFINITIONS

Asset class performance was measured using the following benchmarks: U.S. Large Cap Stocks: S&P 500 TR Index; U.S. Small & Micro Cap: Russell 2000 TR Index; Intl Dev Large Cap Stocks: MSCI EAFE GR Index; Emerging & Frontier Market Stocks: MSCI Emerging Markets GR Index; U.S. Intermediate-Term Muni Bonds: Bloomberg Barclays 1-10 (1-12 Yr) Muni Bond TR Index; U.S. Intermediate-Term Bonds: Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond TR Index; U.S. High Yield Bonds: Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Corporate High Yield TR Index; U.S. Bank Loans: S&P/LSTA U.S. Leveraged Loan Index; Intl Developed Bonds: Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate ex-U.S. Index; Emerging & Frontier Market Bonds: JPMorgan EMBI Global Diversified TR Index; U.S. REITs: MSCI U.S. REIT GR Index, Ex U.S. Real Estate Securities: S&P Global Ex-U.S. Property TR Index; Commodity Futures: Bloomberg Commodity TR Index; Midstream Energy: Alerian MLP TR Index; Gold: LBMA Gold Price, U.S. 60/40: 60% S&P 500 TR Index; 40% Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond TR Index; Global 60/40: 60% MSCI ACWI GR Index; 40% Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Bond TR Index.