What's up, 2022? 5 Market Insights for the New Year

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Marcus is excited to share this insight from our colleagues at Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s Strategic Advisory Solutions, highlighting some of the latest issues and trends in the financial markets.

High Five for 2022

If you’re wondering what the markets may have in store for 2022, you’ve come to the right place. Here are five things to know.

Steady as she goes – economic growth is still on deck. Although the fastest pace of recovery is behind us, global GDP is likely to grow by ~4.5% in 2022. 

Growth in the first half of 2022 is expected to be stronger – thanks to economic reopening, pent-up consumption and inventory rebuilding. 

Inflation, the house guest who won’t leave. While rising prices have been the talk of the town, Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GS) is confident that inflation will ease in 2022. Still, don’t expect price pressures to go away quickly. Even though there are some hopeful signs of relief, persistent pressures in housing, wages and commodities might require action from central banks. 

Hey, central banks – you do you. After two years of moving in lockstep when it comes to monetary policy, central banks in developed markets (DM) are ready to do their own thing. In other words, monetary tightening policies from DM central banks will be more regionally tailored. 

Case in point: The Federal Reserve is expected to begin hiking interest rates in mid-2022, while New Zealand, Canada and the UK will have already begun their hikes by then. Australia’s central bank and the European Central Bank aren’t expected to make moves until the fourth quarter of 2023 and third quarter of 2024, respectively. 

Slide into this DM and let’s talk stocks. Developed markets will likely move higher in 2022, as economic conditions remain supportive and investors continue to put money in markets that are expected to have attractive relative returns.  

In the longer term, GS is expecting a flatter market (translation: lower aggregate returns and a wider range of volatility), with competitive returns globally. 

No love actually for commodities…if you’re a buyer. The commodity markets have seen better days. The challenges are structural and stem from years of under-investment. Unlike supply bottleneck issues elsewhere, the capital investment problems in commodity markets won’t be fixed overnight, especially given the potential headwinds from longer-term environmental and social policies. 

Thanks for the memories, 2021!

2021 was a year of economic recovery and expansion. Amid this backdrop there were packed ports, meme mania and a near-record number of S&P 500 highs.

Many of the macro and market events may be hard to believe, or easily forgotten, in the stream of headlines. So before we settle into 2022, let’s see how much you remember from 2021 with this short quiz. 

Even if you don’t get every single question right, you’ll pick up enough market trivia to help you drop some knowledge at your next dinner party. 

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