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Market Outlook – Q3, 2021

- July 29, 2021

“Active management strategies demand uninstitutional behavior from institutions, creating a paradox that few can unravel. Establishing and maintaining an unconventional investment profile requires acceptance of uncomfortably idiosyncratic portfolios, which frequently appear downright imprudent in the eyes of conventional wisdom.”

– David F. Swensen, American investor and endowment fund manager

Another strong quarter for risky assets, especially real assets, brings balanced portfolios to mid-single digit half year returns

Stocks: all-time highs Home prices: all-time highs Incomes: all-time highs Job openings: all-time high US Core Inflation: highest since 1991 Fed: we need 0% rates through at least 2023 & trillions more in bond buying to boost asset prices & increase inflation.

– Charlie Bilello, Pension Partners

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

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

Keep on eye on core inflation if headline inflation, business cost structures, and inflation expectations stay stubbornly high

Transportation, energy and energy related categories have been the primary inflation drivers over the past year

Owner’s Equivalent Rent (24% of CPI) is now rising following the largest year-over-year increase in housing prices since 2007

From here, it will take nearly two years to achieve the Federal Reserve’s goal of full employment, assuming a pace of 350,000 additions per month

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

Voters aren’t just comfortable with further stimulus; they are anticipating it and may expect or demand it in the next downturn

Varied pace of global vaccination rollout creating varied pace of reopening and economic recovery

Where data is available, vaccine rollouts appear to be significantly reducing severe COVID-19 outcomes

International markets have trailed the U.S.; EU and APAC struggled with additional COVID-19 waves while U.S. peaked in January

There are expected to be more than $1.0 trillion of stock buybacks in the S&P 500 this year – more than all the annual coupon income in the US Treasury, IG and HY markets combined.”

– Lu Wang, Bloomberg Markets columnist

First half equity returns are already at levels that would represent an above-average full year outcome, especially in the U.S.

Rapid increase in earnings and earnings estimates leading to relatively stable forward P/Es, maintaining buy-the-dip backdrop

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

U.S. large cap valuation premium at a 20-year high, but still a long way from Tech Bubble levels

Buyback and dividend yields for U.S. large cap stocks have come down due to the rally in equities and the lagging impact of cuts in early 2020

Companies taken public by SPACs have trailed the broader market since February

Pent-up pandemic demand has resulted in strong first half venture activity with several tailwinds expected to continue

Private equity buyout multiples showing some relative value vs. public equity markets

I used to think if there was reincarnation, I wanted to come back as the president or the pope or a .400 baseball hitter. But now I want to come back as the bond market. You can intimidate everybody.

– James Carville, Lead Clinton (1992) strategist and American political consultant

Decent quarter for all fixed income and credit categories helped mitigate early 2021 losses; high yield bonds leading for QTD and YTD

U.S. Treasury yield curve has steepened modestly while credit spreads have remained at or near historically tight levels

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

Credit spreads remain near lows of historical ranges with emerging market debt closer to median, but still tight

The treasury market has been an enabler of increasing deficit spending and debt levels

Issuance continues to be pushed out as the U.S. Treasury draws down its cash balance

Private debt off to slow fundraising start in 2021, potentially a sign of a budding opportunity

Private debt off to slow fundraising start in 2021, potentially a sign of a budding opportunity

When you look at real interest rates on long-date Treasuries, it looks like Jimmy Carter area. We’re talking about the CPI at 5.4%, and if we want to use the 10-year Treasury it’s not even at 1.4%, that’s a negative 4%
interest rate. That’s Jimmy Carteresque.

– Jeffrey Gundlach, DoubleLine Capital CEO, July 15, 2021

Real assets had another strong quarter even with recent pullback as the inflation trade starts to get questioned

Yields decline across real assets, gold positioning far less bullish as prices declined from August high

Gold miner performance has diverged from fundamentals, producing record level FCF/share and higher FCF yields than the S&P 500

Declining real yields and $15 trillion of negative yielding debt continue to support the gold thesis

Crude oil inventories are being drawn down at the fastest rate on record, bolstered by strong demand

Longer-term (lagged) returns for various private real estate markets show the impact of going-in cap rates on subsequent returns

Activity such as travel and dining at 2019 levels, demand in conjunction with supply chain and labor disruptions driving commodity prices higher

Thoughtful investors build investment programs on a fundamental understanding of the reasons for pursuing a nonconventional approach.

– David F. Swensen, American investor and endowment fund manager

Closed-end funds continued to benefit from broad market gains and narrowing discounts, other asset classes more mixed

Low opportunity cost in core U.S. bonds and near record lows for 60/40 portfolio yield

Still high unemployment and need to fund massive deficits will make it hard for policymakers to take their foot off the gas

CEF Discounts Have Continued to Narrow, Now >1σ Above Average

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

Asset allocation is the tool that you use to determine the risk and return characteristics of your portfolio. It’s overwhelmingly important in terms of the results you achieve. In fact, studies show that asset allocation is responsible for more than 100 percent of the positive returns generated by investors.

– David F. Swensen, American investor and endowment fund manager

Expected 10-year returns for most risky assets dropped modestly as higher valuations/tighter spreads weren’t offset by higher earnings/yield growth

Longer-term return expectations held relatively stable as the mean reversion of higher valuations is distributed over a longer holding period

We expect the multi-decade trend favoring deflation over inflation assets will turn and potentially revert in coming years

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DISCLAIMER

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.