Weekly Wrap-Up

Last Week In Markets: Jan 10 - Jan 14 2022

Fisher Investments recaps the biggest market, political and economic news from last week, including US and Eurozone December industrial figures, preliminary Japanese and Chinese M2 money supply readings, and December consumer price readings for China and the US.

Global equites fell amid news US consumer prices rose 7.0% y/y (0.5% m/m) in December—the fastest year-over-year rate since 1982. While various supply shortages may keep inflation elevated a while longer, we believe inflation pressures should ease with time as suppliers increase output. In our view, as inflation continues topping the list of investors’ fears in 2022, investors should remember the power of global stocks—which outpaced consumer prices handily in 2021. For more, please see our 1/12/2022 commentary, “On Inflation, Trust the Market

In the US, December industrial and manufacturing production decreased 0.1% m/m and 0.3% m/m, respectively, falling short of expectations. December retail sales rose 16.9% y/y but fell 1.9% m/m, below forecasts. December core consumer prices (excluding food and energy) rose 5.5% y/y and 0.6% m/m, slightly exceeding consensus estimates.

In the eurozone, November industrial production increased 2.3% m/m, exceeding expectations. The November unemployment rate ticked down to 7.2%, in line with estimates. In the UK, GDP expanded 0.9% m/m in November, above forecasts. November industrial production rose 1.0% m/m, while manufacturing production rose 1.1% m/m—both higher than forecast.

Japan’s preliminary December money supply (M2) rose 3.7% y/y, slightly lower than estimated. In China, December consumer prices increased 1.5% y/y, less than expected. December loan growth grew 11.6% y/y, slightly below the previous reading. December money supply (M2) rose 9.0% y/y, higher than consensus estimates.

The Week Ahead:

The US and UK release unemployment data. The UK, eurozone and Japan report December inflation data. The UK, China and Japan report November and December retail sales. Japan releases November industrial production and preliminary December trade data. China reports Q4 2021 GDP.

Tip of the Week:

Fisher Investments’ offices and US markets will be closed on Monday, January 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Source for all data cited is FactSet. This update constitutes the general views of Fisher Investments and should not be regarded as personalized investment advice. No assurances are made we will continue to hold these views, which may change at any time based on new information, analysis or reconsideration. In addition, no assurances are made regarding the accuracy of any forecast made herein. Global equities are represented by the MSCI World Index. The MSCI World Index measures the performance of selected stocks in 23 developed countries and is presented net of dividend withholding taxes and uses the maximum rate applicable to non-resident institutional investors who do not benefit from double taxation treaties. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. A risk of loss is involved with investments in stock markets.