Webinar Replay: War, Energy Markets, and the Road to Stagflation?
A powerful combination of surging inflation and soaring energy prices, along with a war in Europe, may be leading the global economy to a painful economic slowdown. Watch the webinar replay to hear PGIM experts explore the risks, opportunities, and the potential ways investors can build a portfolio to be well-positioned in this complex environment.
Q2 2022 OUTLOOK
Equity markets corrected during the quarter, with some market declines meeting the technical definition of a bear market. Assuming the war with Russia does not extend beyond Ukraine’s borders, we expect equity markets to recover lost ground, but calendar-year returns are likely to be weak, though positive, in 2022. Moves in bond markets were also substantial, with yields repricing upward given the significant change in central bank policy expectations, particularly for the Fed. In an environment of rising interest rates, stocks have experienced notable multiple compression from 2020’s elevated levels. Some markets look very attractively valued (e.g. Latin America and UK), with forward PE ratios significantly below their 10-year averages. The US market, however, still trades at an above-average valuation multiple.
1Q 2022 MARKET REVIEW AND 2Q 2022 OUTLOOK
The US economy remains healthy and should continue to generate stronger growth than other developed regions. However, with interest rates moving higher to combat persistent inflationary pressures, the pace of US growth is set to moderate, even before factoring in the effects of the war in Ukraine. Signs of cooling have begun to emerge in the level of mortgage applications, housing turnover, and used car prices. With the fourth quarter earnings season coming to an end, it is clear that reported profit growth remained robust through 2021 and generally in line with forecasts. Our forecasts for 2022 suggest a meaningful moderation in US profit growth, following last year’s dynamic rebound from the worst effects of the pandemic. We also anticipate a passing of the baton from outsized demand for goods to services, particularly travel and leisure spending. Trends to date remain supportive of these expectations.