How Rising Interest Rates Spark Interest in Alternative Assets

June 28, 2023

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Investment Insights: How Rising Interest Rates Spark Interest in Alternative Assets

In recent news, Jerome Powell, Federal Reserve Chairman, assured the congressional panel of the central bank’s firm resolve to curb inflation. He hinted at the strong possibility of rising interest rates as the Federal Reserve reinforces its commitment to the 2% inflation target.

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Will there be yet more rate hikes? Photo by Towfiqu barbhuiya on Unsplash

US Stock Dips

Major stock indexes across the USA saw their third consecutive daily dips, primarily affected by heavy-hitting technology shares. Despite this, Ryan Detrick, Chief Market Strategist at Carson Group, said that market fluctuations like this are part of the norm. Records show that June is not traditionally a powerful month for stocks, but this year looks like one of the strongest Junes ever, making the current slowdown a more typical breather.

Tech Dives

Prominent companies like Tesla, Microsoft, and Nvidia, particularly those engaged in AI and related fields, contributed significantly to the recent market downturn. The technology and communication sectors saw the biggest percentage drops. The Philadelphia SE Semiconductor index also posted a hefty decline this month, further dragging down the tech stocks.

Powell’s comments to the U.S. House Financial Services Committee stressed the central bank’s commitment to reducing inflation to the 2% target. He implied that further rate hikes are probable if the economy stays its current course.

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US stocks take a hit, especially in tech. Photo by Monstera.What’s to Come?

The financial markets currently anticipate another 25 basis point interest rate hike with a 74.4% likelihood, according to CME’s FedWatch tool. This prediction points towards the potential outcome of the monetary policy meeting scheduled for the end of July.

Markets speculate about the possibility of the Fed getting close to concluding its rate hikes, a topic that will almost certainly come up during Powell’s upcoming testimony before the Senate Banking Committee.

To summarize the last week – The Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and Nasdaq Composite all experienced losses, but energy stocks rebounded, hinting at the diverse opportunities present in the US economy.

Despite the volatility, remember that investing requires patience and an understanding of the bigger economic picture. Remember that, as interest rates continue to rise, alternative assets can offer diversification and potentially higher yields, especially considering the current inflation risk.

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