The news about the invasion of Ukraine is distressing on a humanitarian level and unsettling when thinking about the impact of increased volatility on investment portfolios.
Added to already high inflation and the market’s uncertainty around the Federal Reserve’s future interest rate increases, markets are now reeling from the added pressure of what will likely be more aggressive sanctions.
Let’s break it down and look at some of the threads we’re tracking.
The markets have been reacting to a high inflation number and the impact on Fed rate increases, with an expectation for a 50-basis point increase in March. The Fed has worked to be transparent in its messaging and comments from N.Y. Fed Chairman Williams and Governor Brainard were clear that the new expectation that the Fed will raise rates by 25 basis points at the March meeting.
Like the rest of us, the Fed has undoubtedly been monitoring the situation in... ...
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