Sometimes good news is bad news. Very good job numbers and the best average hourly rate increase since 2009 heated the fears of inflation and rising interest rates. As we mentioned in our client letter recently, we welcome rising rates, as long as the movement is orderly. We also mentioned that the market has been in an all-out sprint over the last year or more and that any correction should not be unexpected.
To keep today’s market in perspective, the S&P 500 was down 2.12%, which means it’s still up over 24% in just the last year. A faster growing economy is a good thing, but there is a speed limit. Volatility can bring opportunity to a well-balanced portfolio through target rebalancing. For this reason, we will always recommend investors stay disciplined and diversified.