With all that the financial markets have grappled with this year, it’s hard to believe that we are only one quarter into 2022. Alas, Spring is here, and with it comes greater daylight, more sunshine, and generally cheerier moods. Surely the markets will follow suit, right? That remains to be seen. There are more reasons for pause today than this time last year, but that doesn’t mean it’s all doom and gloom. For the upcoming quarter, we outline the elements that we view as most likely to influence the economic direction of travel, preferred positioning amid rising rates and lingering inflation, and how Blue Chip would look to handle potential forward-looking scenarios.
Some information on the path forward has been revealed, but the waters have been muddied significantly. The knock-on effects from the conflict in Ukraine equate to further disruption in an already disrupted balance between supply and demand. The commodity-heavy nature of the Russian and Ukrainian economies could prolong the semiconductor shortage, which is leading domestic and international automobile manufacturers to cut production forecasts for 2022. Increasingly tough comparisons vs. 2021 indicate that inflation should not persist at the 7.9% seen in February, but the developments seen year-to-date have introduced additional variables.
Warning signs are flashing, but we have yet to see anything definitively troublesome as it pertains to economic growth and corporate profitability. In fixed income, investors will continue to struggle to obtain meaningful yield without increasing exposure to interest rate and default risk. In this environment, layering in high-quality floating rate securities can provide benefits amid rising rates. On the equity side, the economic backdrop calls for a focus on profitable firms that generate significant free cash flow today, not 20 years from now.
We don’t have a crystal ball, but we do have a plan of attack. As new information becomes available, we will be watching closely to interpret what factors into the big picture and what is just noise. Regardless of the path forward, the Investment Committee at Blue Chip Partners holds a defined view with regards to how to position client portfolios.
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