Managing finances is never easy, and the more uncertain the outlook, the harder it gets.
But this is getting ridiculous.
First, we had a pandemic, which turned our lives, and the markets, upside down. Just as life finally started to look a bit more normal, inflation rears its ugly head. And now a war threatens a world order that’s been in place since NATO was formed in 1949.
None of these seismic events was predictable and all are roiling markets.
Not to worry. After you listen to this edition of the “Money!” podcast, you’re going to know why we’re experiencing inflation. You’re also going to have an idea where interest rates are heading, what “stagflation” means and whether it could be on the horizon. And you’re going to understand how a war in Europe can affect your investments here at home.
In short, you’re going to get a better sense of what’s likely to happen next, and what you should be doing about it. We’ll also recap other important personal finance news that’s happened this month and check in on our personal investments.
Sit back, relax and listen to this special edition of the “Money!” podcast:
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Want more information? Here are news stories published throughout the month, with the oldest first.
- Wall Street Journal: Coffee Prices Climb, Pushed Up by Bad Weather and Supply-Chain Woes
- New York Times: Little of the Paycheck Protection Program’s $800 Billion Protected Paychecks
- Bloomberg: Euro-Zone Inflation Unexpectedly Hits Record, Boosting Rate Bets
- Bloomberg: Evercore’s Ross Has Bought ‘Every Dip’ for Two Years But Not Now
- Marketwatch: U.S. gains 467,000 jobs in January and hiring was much stronger at end of 2021 despite omicron
- Wall Street Journal: EV Companies Went Public With Big Plans. They’re Quickly Hitting Snags
- Bloomberg There’s Never Been a Worse Time to Buy a Home in a Poll of U.S. Households
- Bloomberg: JPMorgan Strategists See Sure-Fire Sign It’s Time to Buy Stocks
- Wall Street Journal Don’t Expect Rising Interest Rates to Boost Your Savings Account
- Barron’s Inflation Hits Another Four-Decade High. Prices Rose More Than Expected.
- Wall Street Journal: The Stock Market Hasn’t Looked This Cheap in Nearly Two Years
- Wall Street Journal: There’s No Perfect Way to Inflation-Proof Your Investments
- Wall Street Journal: Russia Says Some Troops Pulling Back From Ukraine Border, as Diplomatic Solution Sought
- CNBC: Retail sales surge 3.8% in January, much more than expected amid inflation rise
- Wall Street Journal: Food Prices Keep Going Up. Here’s What It Means for You.
- Bloomberg: Monetary Options Narrow as Ukraine Tensions Rise
- Axios: Ukraine could turn boomflation into stagflation
- Bloomberg: Global Markets and Economy Can’t Escape War in Ukraine
- Bloomberg: BofA, Goldman Stick to Fed Views Even as Traders Trim Bets
- Wall Street Journal: U.S. Positioned to Withstand Economic Shock From Ukraine Crisis
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