With U.S. markets focused on the economic recovery and rising inflation, global markets were rocked by China’s social crackdown now reaching its capital markets. Several of China’s regulatory agencies cracked down on overseas IPOs, resulting in China’s stock market falling more than 10% early in the week.
Sowell acknowledged that inflation had increased notably in recent months, but he reiterated that he saw it as transitory due to supply issues and the reopening of the economy. He believes the labor market has a long way to go and needs continued support. The bullish comments on supporting the economy for as long as it takes pushed equities higher for the week.
On Wednesday, the Fed raised its inflation expectations, saying that it is considering tapering its purchases of Treasuries and mortgage securities and showed a slightly more hawkish view towards 2023 rate hikes. Read more about expectations associated with Powell’s upcoming congressional testimony.