An Inflation Surge Got the Bears Growling

The reigniting of inflation to its highest levels in over four decades has been the catalyst for the dramatic sell-off in stock and bond markets for the past year. Inflationary pressures began building in early 2021 as the result of several factors: revived consumer demand in the aftermath of the COVID shutdowns; supply chain disruptions from multiple sources; and the excessive monetary and fiscal stimulus from multiple COVID rescue plans implemented by the Federal Reserve and the Federal government.

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