What does yesterday's FOMC meeting mean for investors? Risks remained skewed to the downside. We know inflation is a problem. The Fed wants to hike rates and reduce its balance sheet. It's hard to see a scenario where markets absorb these cross-currents without higher levels of volatility.
From my perspective, the cake has been baked. Interest rates are rising. Inflation is a problem. There is a clear rotation from growth to value. Ironically, these trends have prevailed for 12-15 months and I don't see them changing anytime soon.
Astoria remains steadfast that portfolios should be tilting towards value-centric assets. Growth stocks will continue to suffer with higher rates and value stocks still offer a margin of safety. Astoria continues to gravitate toward inflation sensitive assets. They are cheap, under-owned, and could potentially provide support for portfolios if inflation remains high. Lastly, Astoria recommends being globally diversified and owning alternatives.
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