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Inflation: How high for how long?

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March 9, 2022

Merrill Perspectives

From groceries and gas, to appliances and computers, Americans are paying higher prices for just about everything.  Strong consumer demand combined with shortages of both goods and labor are behind much of the increase.  But is today’s inflation temporary — or something more permanent?  And what could the answer mean for the economy, the markets and our financial lives?

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Inflation: How high for how long?

In this episode of the Merrill Perspectives podcast, Candace Browning, Chris Hyzy and Ethan Harris unravel what’s fueling today’s soaring inflation rate.  They explore actions the Federal Reserve could take to cool prices off, without putting the brakes on the strong U.S. economy.  They also point to the potential positives to higher inflation.  For example, wages in many industries are rising as well, and higher interest rates down the road could benefit retirees and savers who look to bonds and other fixed income investments for income.

 

The panel also shares important insights on actions investors could take to help balance the effects of inflation on their portfolios, including being well diversified across asset classes and having a preference for higher quality investments. 

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