Inflation, rising interest rates and coronavirus variants could create volatility in financial markets heading into 2022. But in this episode of Research in Action, Director of Research Matt Peron explains why economic growth could still continue in the new year and what that means for equity investors.

Key Takeaways

  • As the global economy continues its post-pandemic recovery, above-average inflation, changes to monetary policy and a number of other variables could combine to create volatility for equity markets in the first half of 2022.
  • But we think this volatility will reflect a transition to the mid-part of the economic cycle rather than the end, with more sectors potentially participating in market gains.
  • In addition, the shift from growth-at-any-price to growth-at-a-reasonable-price could finally gain traction in markets, benefiting a broader set of stocks.