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Q3|2021 Market Commentary

 

  • Transitory inflation for longer seems contradictory based on Merriam-Webster’s definition of transitory as temporary or of brief duration. In the past, rates remaining “lower for longer” has been a mantra, now it seems the Fed has defined transitory inflation in a much longer time period than investors anticipated. Recent inflation readings may be temporary, but they have piqued both Wall Street and main street interests alike. According to major indices, rent and housing prices are both escalating quickly, although the CPI index for shelter has only risen 2.8% year-over-year through August, quite possibly the increase will show up in CPI fairly soon.
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