Q3 2021 Market review
In Q3 the market took a breather from the strong 1st and 2nd quarter rally. Markets were generally flat with the exception of Emerging Market stocks, which were down 8.09%. Stocks in the US were down 0.10%, International stocks were down 0.66% and publicly traded Global Real Estate was down 0.08%. Bonds both domestically and internationally performed similarly, with modest gains of 0.05% and 0.09%.
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Inflation: I want to add a quick note regarding inflation as it has been a hot topic recently. There is no doubt we are experiencing higher inflation than we have in years. It seems to apply to just about everything, from vehicles and travel to everyday food and energy costs. Evidence of higher inflation can be seen in the cost-of-living adjustment that Social Security payments will receive next year. The Social Security Administration recently announced that payments will increase by 5.9% in 2022. That represents the largest cost-of-living adjustment in 39 years! Over the past 10 years the average cost-of-living adjustment has been 1.65%
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