The Pulse on the Economy and Capital Markets: March 21–25, 2022

March 29, 2022

At a glance

  • In the markets, we’re seeing a recurrent storyline play out, with stock markets performing well globally and increases in the cryptocurrency and commodities markets.
  • On the other hand, bonds struggled under the weight of investors’ inflation and interest rate worries. Government and investment-grade bonds are now down 6% and 9% respectively for 2022, with the former on track for its worst year since 1949.
  • Real estate has long been a critical component of the U.S. economy. Despite concerns over inflation and rising mortgage rates, home-buyer interest is at the highest level we’ve seen since the 1980s.
  • The current issue at stake in the real estate sector is that the demand for homes is outpacing supply, which will likely have a major impact on prices for buyers.
  • In terms of industry news, we’re reading about a game-changing deal between Uber and New York City-based taxi companies and a play into electric delivery carts by FedEx. Plus, we’re sharing new (and mildly entertaining) updates in the move back to in-person offices.

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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.