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Q1|2022 Market Commentary

 

  • The quarter was rocky by recent temperate market standards. Markets are dealing with geopolitical risks, tightening monetary policy, rising interest rates, increasing inflation, and slowing US economic growth. By now, everyone is feeling the effects of inflation, the question remains how durable are the price increases. Some areas of the economy (shelter, travel-related, and transportation) may have stickier prices for the long-term. Areas such as energy and other commodities may be more apt to find equilibrium at lower rates as higher prices incentivize increased production and therefore increased supply driving prices down over time. For instance, US oil and gas offshore rig counts are currently trending higher. With inflation running hot (the central bank’s goal), wages are also trending higher, but still not keeping pace. This results in a loss of purchasing power for many households providing a possible growth headwind.
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