Now That's What I Call Inflation - While we give economists a lot of heat for being wrong so damn always, and rightfully so, we have to give it to them this time: their CPI estimate beat a random number generator. Great jobs guys!
The Daily Peel's random number generator predicted a CPI reading of 5.48% annual growth. Economists put it at 6.7%, and with a reading of 6.8%, they took the W. Much more importantly, however, is the fact that this inflation observation is the highest since 1982, aka, 39 years ago.
This, in short, isn't great. With this fresh record high reading, we can almost definitely expect the Fed to announce a speeding up of the tapering process at their meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Analysts expect the asset purchase tapering speed to be doubled, ending in March 2022, which would allow the Central Bank to start raising rates sooner than expected.
It seems, however, that the market is already pricing these factors in. Growth stocks that won the title in 2020 have slumped all throughout 2021. It seems like the long-duration focus that incredibly loose monetary and fiscal policy allowed for is coming to a close, as investors no longer appear to be prioritizing cash flows 10 years down the line. Even crypto is feeling the heat, falling precipitously from recent highs despite the attempted comeback this weekend. Isn't BTC supposed to protect against inflation??
Anyway, sentiment appears to be shifting back to some semblance of rationality. All of a sudden, things like cash flows, profitability, and dividends have stepped back onto the seen as investors realize once again that those factors do actually matter.
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