Q3 2021 Market Perspectives: "A Global Shift"
After beginning the quarter on a relatively upbeat note, familiar themes returned as fears of inflation, ambiguity over the end of the pandemic, and uncertainty about the future of Chinese capitalism raised concerns for investors.
America's Driving Habits as of August 2021
"Travel on all roads and streets changed by +8.3% (+21.0 billion vehicle miles) for August 2021 as compared with August 2020. Travel for the month is estimated to be 273.8 billion vehicle miles." The 12-month moving average was up 0.7% month-over-month and up 4.2% year-over-year. If we factor in population growth, the 12-month MA of the civilian population-adjusted data (age 16-and-over) was up 0.64% month-over-month and up 3.7% year-over-year.
Impending Super Cycle Commodity Signal Argues Against Transitory Inflation
We are in uncharted waters on many fronts, so no one can really answer that inflation/deflation question with any degree of certainty. We can however, look to the technical condition of commodity markets for guidance, since they have usually, acted as a barometer for more generalized swings in inflationary and deflationary pressures. Commodity prices look poised to signal a new secular bull market, which would likely broaden out to result in the highest more generalized inflation rates since the 1970’s.
For The First Time Since the 70s, Demographics Support Higher Rates
New projections of the labor force growth rate by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics show the US labor force growth accelerating in the 2020s for the first time since the 1970s.
We have entered the phase when the body politic and public opinion are aware that Facebook is disturbing our society. This is very important to us as investors, because the big tech companies make up a disproportionately large part of the S&P 500 Index.
The 60/40 Portfolio Isn't Dead, Just More Expensive: Allison Schrager
Volatile, pandemic-riven markets for stocks and bonds has Wall Street ready — again — to declare the traditional 60/40 portfolio split a dead strategy. The prospect of a low-growth, high-inflation economy (stagflation) dims the prospects of both investment categories, and certainly demands a rethink of where to stash your savings.