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Should Investors Worry if Inflation Rises?

April’s Consumer Price Index was a shocker.

  • The CPI rose 0.8%. Excluding food and energy, prices jumped 0.9%, the fastest monthly reading in 40 years (U.S. BLS).

A debate is raging whether the recent spike is temporary, as the Federal Reserve argues, or something more worrisome.

While a 1970s-style price spiral seems remote, what might be the consequences for investors?

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Inflation Spikes in April - May 17, 2021

The U.S. BLS reported last week that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) jumped 0.8% in April vs March. The so-called core CPI, which excludes food and energy, rose 0.9% in April, the fastest monthly pace in 40 years. 

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Begging for Workers - May 12, 2021

At 6.1% as of April, the unemployment rate remains elevated (U.S. BLS). Yet, companies are growing increasingly desperate to find workers.

Over the last two months, the number of job openings has soared by over 1 million to 8.1 million as of March (U.S. BLS, latest data).

  • It’s far ahead of the 7.6 million record in November 2018.

In the April NFIB survey of small business confidence, “44% of business owners reported job openings they could not fill,” a fresh record.

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The Swinging Pendulum - May 10, 2021

One year ago, the economy was in a freefall thanks to lockdowns and shelter-in-place orders. For many around the country, only businesses that were deemed essential were open.

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Procrastination and Your Finances - May 5, 2021

Why should I take action today when I can do it tomorrow? Procrastination is the enemy of your finances.

According to the Charles Schwab Modern Wealth Survey 2019—

  • 60% of those who have a written financial plan feel financially stable vs only one-third who feel the same way without a plan.

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