Mid-Year Market Outlook 2022

Posted on: August 8th, 2022

Category: News

Volatility was carried into 2022, with Asian markets broadly under pressure in the year’s first half. Various risks loomed on the horizon, including unexpected rising geopolitical events, particularly the Russia-Ukraine tensions and the surging commodity prices that drastically changed the world’s inflation expectations. At the beginning of the year, we expected macro concerns over inflation to be one of the key risk factors    in 2022, and we have become more concerned about the heightened inflation expectations to drive further global weakness.

To combat inflation, the US Fed and other central banks have started hiking interest rates at a faster-than-expected pace. Central banks have found themselves way behind the curve, especially after CPI numbers continued to rise higher among developed markets. Investors have gradually shifted their attention from the beginning of an aggressive rate hike cycle and quantitative tightening to recession and stagflation risks.

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2022 Mid-Year Market Outlook

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