A Double Whammy...

The US markets reversed some of its growth from the previous week, as investors digested the data showing the highest inflation in three decades.

The CPI(Consumer Price Index) reading came in at 6.2% year-over-year, the highest level since 1990, while the PPI(Producer Price Index) reading was 8.6%, the highest on record since 2010. 

While some of the factors driving inflation appear to be transitionary, there are a few persistent factors like rent and wages.

Given that the inflation is continuing longer than expected, investors and policymakers are facing a double whammy;

1. Stagflation

2. High Market valuations

Road to Stagflation 

After a stellar recovery from the pandemic lows, the American economic growth was a mere 2.00% in Q3 2021. Well below market estimates of 2.7% and falling sharply 6.7% in Q2. 

US economic Growth

The Federal Reserve is now in a fix trying to contain the inflation, which it was trying to bring up for so many years. With the bond purchase tapering already on, rising interest rates is another tool the Fed can use to contain the raging inflation.

While the FED has indicated one rate hike in 2022, the market is pricing two hikes, and some are even predicting 3, based on this week’s inflation readings. 

High Market Valuations.

It is no secret that the market valuations are stretched and probably at a tipping point. Unless the following factors improve quickly and support the markets, a correction is not unlikely;

  • Supply chain bottlenecks 
  • Energy prices
  • Economic Growth
  • Decrease in unemployment
  • Earnings growth exceeding market expectations


European equities continued to rise marginally. The Euro STOXX Index gained 0.68%. Individual country indices also rose except Italy, which was down by 0.23%.

A strong wave of Coronavirus infections is forcing European nations to consider reintroducing restrictions and lockdowns.

European and UK economies also reported slower growth in Q3 weighed down by Shortages of goods, labor, components, and rising coronavirus cases.


Chinese stocks advanced this week on speculation that the government may step in to support the ailing real estate companies on the brink of default. The large-cap CSI 300 Index rose 0.95%, and the Shanghai Composite Index added 1.4%.

Inflation is on the rise in China as well. The producer price index (PPI) increased to a greater-than-forecast 13.5% in October over a year ago, a 26-year high.


Indian equities fared well last week, with the Nifty closing above the 18000 mark and the Sensex above the 60,000 mark.


Despite the double whammy of stagflation and high valuations, the outlook for the year is still positive. However, the need for prudent portfolio diversification is more pronounced than before.

Sectors like financials, energy, and industrials tend to perform better amid rising interest rates. At the same time, industries like healthcare, consumer staples, and utilities tend to fare better when inflation is high.

Including the above sectors can provide your portfolio with a better balance and cushion the volatility. 

Holding 15 - 20% cash in your portfolio to take advantage of potential corrections can also be a good idea.

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