The Pulse on the Economy and Capital Markets: Mar 14 – 21, 2022

March 22, 2022

At a glance:

  • The stock markets increased globally last week, even as the Fed announced the first of seven rate increases over the next year to combat inflation. This will bring the U.S. to a total increase of 1.75% to 2%.
  • Investors embrace risk despite the announcement from the Fed, Nasdaq was up 8% and a Goldman Sachs composite of high growth, no profit tech companies increased more than 20% for the week.
  • Despite the positive economic indicators, the Fed is worried about the impact inflation has on the consumer outlook. Even with a negative view on inflation, retail sales have remained positive for the last 6-to-7 months proving consumers are willing to spend money.
  • Gas prices continue to rise nationally from less than $2 to more than $4. Retailers should prepare for consumers to shift their spending from discretionary and non-discretionary items and towards gas.
  • As it relates to industry news, we’re reading about the passing of legendary investor and philanthropist, Michael Price, February housing starts were above expectations, Porsche in talks with Apple on possible joint projects and Chewy founder aims to bring an activist approach to Bed, Bath and Beyond.  

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Simeon Wallis

Simeon is the Chief Investment Officer of Aprio Wealth Management and the Director of Aprio Family Office. Simeon brings two decades of professional investing experience in publicly traded and privately held companies, as well as senior-level operating and strategy consulting experiences.