David Darst’s 2023 Investment Thoughts

David Darst’s 2023 Investment Thoughts

David Darst, Senior Analyst and Investment Strategist at The Family Office, shared some investment insights on key issues that influence portfolio composition, asset allocation, and investment strategy.

Feb 8, 2023Market Insights- 4 min


  • Inflation has been moderating lately, dropping from 6% to 5.2%, while the Personal Consumption Expenditures Index, the preferred inflation measure of the Federal Reserve (the “Fed”), was 4.4%. Markets have responded well, as stocks and bonds increased. Oil dropped 36% from its high last year. The US dollar is also moderating, following a weak year due to inflationary influences. Finally, the Fed is presenting less hawkish, assertive, and aggressive rhetoric in terms of tightening monetary policy.

  • Labor costs have dropped but not as much as the cost of some goods. Core services inflation is still elevated whereas core goods inflation has decreased noticeably. 59 of the total components of the Consumer Price Index are in deflation. House prices begin to transform slowly into rent and owners’ equivalent rent.  

  • Investors with cash reserves may want to start investing. If they wait until July or August when inflation numbers decrease, the price of bonds and stocks will rise as interest rates decrease.

  • The direction of labor inflation will become clearer in the coming months, noting that the current situation does not resemble the 1970s and 1980s.

The economy

  • Three to four factors have been helping the economy: the drop in the dollar, the reopening in China and the less hawkish rhetoric of the Fed. Other factors have caused concern such as the drop in retail sales at the end of last year; the contraction in the ISM Manufacturing and ISM Services indices, and the inverted yield curve.

  • The leading economic indicators have been declining for seven or eight months in a row which might lead to an earnings recession as soft demand affects inventories, imports and exports negatively.


  • Private equity is still recommended for growth and structured private credit for yield, in addition to some private real estate. Manager selection remains critical, especially for investors in the alternative space.

  • Caution is advised for equities in emerging markets, Europe and the US. Look for companies with exposure to the growth and opening in China. Investors should buy based on dollar cost averaging.



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