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2023 Market and Economic Update

Updated: May 4, 2023

RL165 — 2023 Market and Economic Update

In this episode of the Retirement Lifestyle Show, Eric Olson, Roshan Loungani and Adrian Nicholson go through recent updates in employment numbers, inflation, and interest rates. They discuss what to expect from the current investment landscape and how investors can use this information to make concrete investment decisions.

[00:00] Introduction

[02:31] News From the Bureau of Labor and Statistics

[07:56] How High-Interest Rates Lower Money Supply

[11:10] Relationship Between Inflation and Interest Rates

[14:20] Recession Risk and Mixed Signals

[16:22] How Markets Respond to Good News

[21:18] Thoughts on a Possible Recession

[25:21] Why You Need to be Adding Money to the Markets

[27:10] Should You Take Money Out of the Markets?

[32:45] Profit Forecasts

[37:20] Strongest Performers in the Markets

[42:12] Morningstar's Second Quarter Outlook

[45:26] The Benefits of Having a Diversified Portfolio

[47:20] Banking Risk and the Banking Crisis

[51:30] Current State of the Federal Reserve

[54:23] Parting Thoughts

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Labor Force and Employment Numbers in 2023

In 2022, the US labor markets remained stubbornly tight even though the Federal Reserve raised interest rates rapidly to cool demand and tame inflation. In 2023, the demand for workers is unusually strong, but what's even more interesting is the aggregate hours worked monthly. Eric reveals that there is currently a 0.1% decline. So, if people are hiring more then it's obvious that there's more to be done - and you'd likely see the aggregate hours worked rise along with all the hiring happening. Yet the total number of hours being worked is decreasing. What does that imply? Maybe it implies that business owners realized they've been overtaxing their people by working crazy hours. And now they're hiring more because the current workforce values having a little more work-life balance. However, it also might mean that there's just less to be done.

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