Tag Archive | Inflation

US Purchasing Power, Inflation and Unemployment

US consumers powered the recovery following the pandemic but high gasoline and energy prices and food and housing costs have eroded their purchasing power. Real consumption spending accelerated to 7.9% in 2021 but may ease to 2% in 2022, and then to 1% in 2023. There are already signs of an economic slowdown globally; other […]

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Positioning Portfolios for An Environment of High Inflation

Investors should adopt inflation protection as inflation shows few signs of moderating anytime soon and central banks are tightening monetary policy aggressively. Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) can help position portfolios for an environment of higher inflation and lower growth. TIPS protect against inflation in two ways. First, the principal value of TIPS is indexed to […]

What You Need to Know About Inflation

High inflation and the consequences of attempts to curb it are a top concern for investors nowadays. By hiking rates, policymakers can eventually slow demand to subdue price pressures, even in an environment of constrained supply. However, this process takes time. Prices reflect the interaction between supply and demand: when demand outstrips supply, prices must […]

Value Discount

Value stocks outperformed through mid-February this year as investors repriced expensive growth stocks. Mounting inflation and rising interest rates are creating conditions for broader value recovery, particularly for companies with solid business fundamentals. Style return patterns have been erratic over 2021, where returns of global value stocks and growth stocks flip-flopped, and both cohorts ended […]