It’s the job of the U.S. Federal Reserve and its chair, Jerome Powell, to wrestle inflation to the bottom. As I’ve mentioned many occasions on this column, the primary weapon of the central bankers is to lift rates of interest in order to tame financial development. If we reduce demand for merchandise, that may assist take away a number of the inflationary pressures. 

The chance is that they may go too far, too quick and set off a recession. 

When the Federal Reserve assembly notes have been launched final week, the suggestion for early charge hikes spooked the markets. Right here’s a one-month chart for U.S. shares, by the use of iShares S&P 500 ETF (IVV). 

Supply: Looking for Alpha

Shares have been bought off considerably aggressively however began to get better late this week. Take into accout, as I’ve talked about, that Canadian shares proceed to be on a roll as many traders rotate to the worth that we discover in our markets. Worth equals better present earnings plus development prospects. Canada’s inventory market can be arrange effectively, with better weightings to inflation-friendly belongings like financials, power and commodities. 

Right here’s an attention-grabbing learn from Lance Roberts (no relation), chief funding strategist at RIA Advisors: Fed Minutes Spook Markets Into Selloff. 

Roberts frames what’s occurring with the Fed and the markets. There are some fascinating charts and tables inside that publish, together with the returns of the Nasdaq with out the highest 10 shares. 

Right here’s the Nasdaq 100 vs the Ark Innovation ETF (ARKK), which largely invests in development shares which have but to provide earnings. 

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