Market Update

Is higher inflation a ‘new normal’?


After years of low inflation, the coronavirus pandemic has created a perfect storm of inflationary pressure as government stimulus packages, supply bottlenecks, the economic recovery and pent-up spending all contribute to rising prices. Inflation in the UK, Europe and US is now at levels not seen for a decade.

Central bankers must decide whether the increased inflation is transitory and simply part of the market’s expansionary cycle, or a structural issue that is here to stay.

A sustained increase in inflation could necessitate a review of monetary policy. This heightens the risk of volatility on markets and makes asset allocation decisions increasingly important.

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  • All data is as at 10 March 2021 unless otherwise stated.

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