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Stock markets fell sharply in late January after US wage inflation hit its highest level since 2009, triggering fears that the US Federal Reserve (Fed) will need to raise interest rates more rapidly than expected.
The world economy is currently enjoying a “Goldilocks” phase with growth that is not too hot to fan the flames of inflation but also not too cold to damage corporate profitability.
Forewarned is to be forearmed, or so they say, but prior knowledge of the political outcomes in recent years would have been almost useless to most investors.