Areté market review Q3 21
After solid performance in both July and August, the S&P 500 was considerably weaker in September. It was more than just passing weakness, however. The stock market looked much less the cocksure prize fighter than the contender who took a shot to the jaw that wobbled his knees.
Wage Growth Is Great. The Long-Term Inflation It Creates Isn’t.: Conor Sen
Inflation debates have been dominated by fallout from the pandemic and economic reopening, most of which has been viewed as transitory: lumber and used car prices in the first half of the year, the cost of ocean freight more recently.
Best Practices for Retirement Income Planning + How a New Tool can Help
As the baby boomers reach retirement, advisors must solve new problems for them. And these new problems must be addressed with solutions that evolve to better manage them. Retirement income is different as clients shift their focus from maximizing wealth to creating sustainable income, clients face a greater range of risks, and clients increasingly must solve a complex lifetime financial problem. These matters are becoming particularly vital as near retirees are now experiencing continued market volatility and uncertainty, and historically low interest rates.
This presentation looks at sustainable retirement spending from investments in light of recent market events and discusses strategies to support more spending by integrating both investments and income protections, such as a new Portfolio Retirement Income Guarantee that unbundles the insurance from underlying investments to build more efficient retirement strategies.
Consumer Price Index: September Core Mostly Unchanged at 4%
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the September Consumer Price Index data this morning. The year-over-year non-seasonally adjusted Headline CPI came in at 5.39%, up from 5.25% the previous month. Year-over-year Core CPI (ex Food and Energy) came in at 4.03%, mostly unchanged from 4.00% the previous month and is above the Fed's 2% PCE target.
Waiting for Rates to Rise? What You May Miss by Staying in Cash
There is a cost to waiting for interest rates to rise—you may be missing out on higher coupon rates and yields elsewhere. Rather than waiting on the sidelines for yields to rise, investors should consider short-term corporate bonds today—specifically those with fixed coupon rates.