The Holiday Party Guest List

October 26, 2021 | Greg Leonberger, FSA, EA, MAAA, Director of Research, Managing Partner

Though the leaves have only started to change color, holiday party planning is in full swing. And while ample food and drink are necessary inputs for any type of holiday celebration, it’s the guests who ultimately make the party…or break it. In a way, this dynamic isn’t all that different from the markets — at any given time, the prevailing economic and market conditions will dictate investor returns. Given this analogy, we thought it could be fun to take a survey of the “attendees” in the current market environment and see if we can draw a connection with real-life examples along with what each guest means to the success of the party…and investor. Oh, and one caveat as we go — similar to actual party planning, sometimes we don’t want to invite someone, but we have to invite this person; circling back to the financial markets, we can’t control what forces exist in the markets, but we will do our best to determine those that will be merry and those that will not. Confused? Don’t worry, I am too, but we’ll figure this as we go through the invite list.

Highlights from this edition:

  • The Delta variant’s impact
  • Consumer spending
  • The credit and equity markets
  • The coming Federal Reserve taper
  • Earnings peak for equities
  • Labor market shortages
  • Commodity returns
  • Inflation concerns
  • The Evergrande debt crisis

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The opinions expressed herein are those of Marquette Associates, Inc. (“Marquette”), and are subject to change without notice. This material is not financial advice or an offer to purchase or sell any product. Marquette reserves the right to modify its current investment strategies and techniques based on changing market dynamics or client needs.

Greg Leonberger, FSA, EA, MAAA
Director of Research, Managing Partner

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Line chart showing the personal savings rate and personal consumption amongst Americans. Chart subtitle: Personal savings rates have retreated from pandemic-induced highs, however several potential headwinds still face the American consumer this holiday season Chart description: Y-axis ranges from -15% to +30%. X-axis shows quarters from 3Q16 to 3Q21. Line for Personal Savings Rate is purple and line for Personal Consumption (Quarter-Over-Quarter Change) is dark green. Both lines were relatively steady up to 2Q20 as the coronavirus pandemic took hold of the economy. The Personal Savings Rate peaked in that quarter to 26.0% and the Consumption Rate Change decreased to the extremein 2Q20 then peaked the following quarter with a 10% increase. Both levels have returned to just slightly higher than normal levels in recent quarters. Chart source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis as of September 30, 2021.


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