Q4, 2022: Whac-A-Mole

Growth, Inflation & Policy As of November 1, 2022 INFLATION, GDP AND VALUATIONS Historically low inflation has led to strong asset returns and structurally higher equity multiples, but there may be a return to a more volatile macroeconomic regime. Even though inflation (as measured on a year-over-year basis) is expected to roll over, this does not…

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Q3, 2022: When Doves Cry

Growth, Inflation & Policy INFLATION TRENDS Cleveland Fed inflation nowcast for July is currently at 8.9% Y/Y, not providing significant relief from June’s surprise upside surprise of 9.1%. Inflation needs to come in below 0.5% in July M/M in order to decelerate. For reference, for CPI to subside to 5% Y/Y, inflation needs to come…

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Q2, 2022: A Nickel For Your Thoughts

Growth, Inflation & Policy SLOWING GDP GROWTH Growth is unquestionably decelerating, while inflation prints are seemingly perpetually overshooting. Coming into the year, we believed inflation would be the key driver of economic and capital-market returns. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has only served to intensify this critical dynamic and has put the Federal Reserve in a…

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Q1, 2022: Candyland

Growth, Inflation & Policy SLOWING GDP GROWTH Growth is unquestionably decelerating, while inflation prints are becoming increasingly important. Should we see inflation accelerating from here, expect fireworks. If inflation however starts to decelerate, it could be a decent year for risk assets. While we are watching inflation as the primary driver of outcomes this year,…

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