One of the key stories in early 2022 is inflation. Simply put, inflation means, every year, everything you buy costs more. More recently, those increased prices seem to hit a little harder. We see it at the pump, the grocery store, and in the housing market. To limit the impact of inflation, the Federal Reserve will increase interest rates. That also impacts you.
- 0:00 - Intro
- 0:29 - Something Interesting: Super bowl champs and stock market results.
- 1:11 – Nobody is immune from higher prices.
- 2:15 - Interest rates affect borrowers.
- 4:35 - How higher interest rates can impact the overall economy.
- 6:20 - How higher interest rates impact bonds.
- 7:26 - Eventually higher interest rates can be good for savers.
- 8:39 - What should you do to prepare for a higher interest rate environment.
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Are You Concerned About Inflation and Higher Interest Rates?
Inflation is a normal part of life. But when prices increase faster, it creates problems in our own lives as well as our economy.
The increased rate of inflation typically leads to higher interest rates. This also affects us in different ways.
If you are concerned about how this will impact you, you can talk to one of our financial advisors.
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Something Interesting: Super Bowl Champions and the Stock Market
The first Super Bowl was played in early 1967. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs. Recently, the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI. Does this provide any clues to what might happen in the stock market this year?
Years when the Super Bowl Champion was a member of the NFC, the stock market had an average compounded return of over 13%. When the champion was from the AFC, the average compounded return for Stocks was just over 9%. The Los Angeles Rams were the NFC Champions.
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Daniel Spurgeon, CFP®
Neal Watson, CFP®