Watching For Signs Of Slower Growth


  • The stock market has performed reasonably well in the year following an initial interest-rate hike.
  • Investors still need to be focused on signs of slower growth.
  • The housing market is the first segment of the economy to feel the weight of tighter monetary policy conditions.
  • I will be looking for ripple effects as the year wears on, but stocks should still outperform bonds in 2022.
  • This idea was discussed in more depth with members of my private investing community, The Portfolio Architect. Learn More »

Rising mortgage rate graph on a blackboard lying on a wooden table

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After a very strong rebound for the major market averages over the past week, investors needed an excuse to take profits. They found it yesterday with the $5 pop in crude oil prices to $115 a barrel, as President Biden and

market averages - Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500

first rate hike performance

10 year yield

mortgage rates

VIX index trend

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