Thought Of The Week
U.S Inflation Report, G7 Meeting
Rising inflationary pressures have curbed equities advance in the past weeks as markets debated over whether this is transitory, as economists and central bankers say, or something more lasting. This week, markets seem to trust the former despite a hotter-than-expected inflation report released on Thursday. The consumer price index climbed 0.6% MoM and was higher by 5% YoY. S&P 500 advanced to a fresh record on the news while 10-year Treasury slipped back below 1.5% (not a typical move from a market worried about inflation).
Perhaps markets found sufficient comfort that the gains were largely due to categories associated with a broader reopening of the economy such as used cars and trucks, and airfares fares which accounted for more than 50% of U.S CPI increase while there were fewer and fewer items rising by more than 2% in price. As noted by Morgan Stanley, the “transitory factors did a lot of the heavy lifting driving the May upside” and investors should watch out for more persistent components like rents that will set a firmer foundation for the inflation data as the transitory factors begin to fall out of the figures. Meanwhile, the G7 leaders kicked off a three-day summit in England. Market-moving pronouncements are unlikely but will involve discussions on global economic recovery from the pandemic, strengthening democracies and sustainability.
The European Central Bank renewed its pledge to keep asset purchases at a “significantly higher” pace compared to the start of the year even though the outlook on the euro-zone economy has improved. With more social and travel restrictions being lifted, the Eurozone consumer price inflation is likely to peak later this year which may translate to higher rates and tighten financing conditions if the bond-buying pace slows prematurely. With the renewed commitment, economists expect ECB to continue its bond purchases at roughly $19 billion euros a week before reducing its pace in September. The ECB’s emergency program is currently set to run through March 2022, and most economists do not expect it to be extended. Alongside the decision on crisis purchases, officials left interest rates, long-term loans to banks, and an older bond-buying program unchanged.
The FOMO Economy and ETF
Be it meme stocks, cryptocurrencies or options trading, you hear everyone making money except you. Feeling the fear of missing out (FOMO), you decide to get in on the action in hopes of quitting your 9 to 5 job. After a year of lockdowns and flushed with pent up savings, people are recklessly throwing their darts at the financial dartboard, hoping that at least one will hit the bullseye.
The current wave of FOMO has become so widespread to the extent that a new ETF was launched under the fund’s ticker symbol FOMO. According to the fund’s creator and Tuttle Capital CEO, Matthew Tuttle, the ETF aims to provide investors exposure to meme assets and other trending investments on social media, and “rebalances weekly so it can stay in harmony with market trends, and it weights holdings appropriately.” Only time will tell if FOMO makes a good investment, but for now it gets the prize as the best-named ETF.
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