Growth or Inflation? | March 12, 2021

AUTHOR: Jason J. Roque, MS, CFP®, APMA®, AWMA®
TITLE:       Investment Adviser Rep – CCO
TAGS:   S&P 500, Oil, Inflation, Jobs, COVID

Growth or inflation, which will command the interest of investors? Did you see what I did there???


The movement for the day was generally in the green. This came off weekend news that the senate passed the $1.9T stimulus package. It is now headed back to congress to ratify the modifications. Late it the day interest rates surged (for the same reason) as concerns around inflation increased. This surge caused the rally to fade, and markets ended the day in the red.


Markets surged strong on Tuesday. Led by the NASDAQ, sending a sign that there may have been too much made of the recent inflation trade. The S&P 500 rose 1.84%, while the NASDAQ posted its strongest single day gains since November.


Oil inventories rose more than expected and Consumer Prices rose less than expected. Markets climbed early on the better than expected inflation data. They held onto those gains through the close.


Markets rose on Thursday with the S&P 500 rising 1.05%. The NASDAQ, however led the way at 2.51%. Jobless claims fell to the lowest level since December. Additionally, Job openings were higher and showed promise.


The interest rate environment was back in focus as rates climbed Friday morning. With that markets started the day deep in the red. They spent the day digging out of the whole and finished in the green. A good sign, as investors felt comfortable being long the market heading into the weekend.


This last week was a strong week for markets, with the S&P 500 rising 2.64% on the week. While caution still exists around interest rates, markets seemed to have realized that the rising rates as a result of rapid growth expectations was actually a good thing. The anticipated inflation risks are expected to be transitory, fading by early 2022.

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