September marked a much weaker month for financial markets. Here are 3 things you need to know:
- Inflation moderated across a few major categories that have been the most impacted by supply chain shortages and pent-up consumer demand, such as used cars, airlines and hotels. However, energy prices surged during the month with WTI oil increasing +9.5% for the month.
- Expiring extended federal unemployment benefits did not bring a surge of job growth as expected. Robust wage growth suggests the weakness is primarily supply-side driven.
- Signs of slowing growth and higher inflation brought up talk about stagflation. Arguments for a reflationary environment in 2022 in the U.S. include a healthy consumer and still-supportive monetary policy.
- Sources: J.P. Morgan Asset Management – Economic Update; Bureau of Economic Analysis (www.bea.gov); Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov); Federal Open Market Committee (www.federalreserve.gov)
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- The MSCI Emerging Markets Index captures large and mid-cap segments in 26 emerging markets. Price return quoted (USD).
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