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Strategies for Navigating Stagflation

OMG, stagflationary numbers just came!

The US economy expanded at a 1.6% rate in Q1, falling short of all forecasts. The main growth engine —personal spending — rose at a slower-than-forecast 2.5%. However, a closely watched measure of underlying inflation surged at a greater-than-expected 3.7%.

Containing inflation becomes exceptionally challenging with record peacetime deficit spending by the financially undisciplined US government, causing a headache for the Fed.

Stagflation, characterized by rising prices and sluggish economic growth, presents a daunting scenario for investors.

Strategies to Consider:

* Barbell Strategy:

Combine safe, low-risk investments (such as short-dated fixed income) with higher-risk assets (equities with growth potential). This balanced approach may help navigate stagflation’s complexities.

* Consider Short-Duration Fixed Income/Products:

Assets highly sensitive to interest rates (like long-term bonds) may suffer during stagflation. 🌟Consider shorter-duration bonds or products to minimize the impact of inflation.

* Focus on Price Setters:

Invest in companies that can set their own prices, rather than being solely influenced by market forces.

These price setters may fare better during stagflation.

🌟Remember, while stagflation may not be the central case in economic forecasts, it’s prudent to be prepared and adjust portfolios accordingly. By strategically positioning investments, you can weather the storm of rising prices and economic challenges.


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