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July Edition of Portfolio Construction – Inflation: So Far, So Good, but the Road Gets Tougher

Published on: August 10th, 2023

Headline inflation has been the single biggest macro factor affecting financial markets over the past 18 months due to the resulting impact on global monetary policy. Central banks around the world have scurried to remove monetary accommodation by raising short-term policy rates at the fastest pace in decades. This has been done to avert a 1970s-style boom in inflation, which saw short-term interest rates become unhinged as they soared from 5% to nearly 15% by 1980. Such a rise in interest rates today would have a devastating impact on asset prices, so the June CPI number was a breath of fresh air as US inflation continued its decline towards target, falling to 3.0% year-over-year from 9.1% a year ago.

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