The best advice investors could have received at the start of 2022 was to not fight the Federal Reserve as it embarked on its most aggressive tightening cycle in more than 40 years. By raising the federal funds rate and continuing to hike, investors who recognized the impact on bond and stock prices could have avoided a lot of pain.
As we move into 2023, the best advice for investors remains the same – “Don’t fight the Fed.” The Federal Reserve is being clear about its intentions to continue raising short-term interest rates and tapering its bond purchases until it reaches its target of bringing inflation down to 2%.
Richard Clarida, a highly respected expert in Fed policy and Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve under Chairman Jerome Powell, will be discussing these topics and more in this episode. He is currently a Global Economic Advisor at PIMCO, where he previously coined the phrase “New Neutral” in 2014, predicting that short-term interest rates would remain low for longer. He is also a key architect of the Fed’s new policy framework of targeting an average inflation rate, allowing for higher rates of inflation without prematurely raising rates.WEALTHTRACK Episode #1930 broadcast on January 20, 2023
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Richard Clarida mentioned PIMCO’s recently published Cyclical Outlook, in which a case is made that bonds are back.
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FROM THE ARCHIVE
This is Richard Clarida’s first appearance on WEALTHTRACK
INSIDE THE FED PERSPECTIVE
Long-time Fed watcher Richard Clarida gained a different perspective, including some surprises once he was inside the Fed making policy decisions.