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The Folly of Forecasting
“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future”
Given it’s that time of year when Wall Street’s market strategists trot out their year ahead outlooks, we thought we might share our thoughts on the value of forecasting or perhaps the lack thereof. If the following sampling of prior year outlooks for CY2022 are any gauge, we doubt next year’s predictions are worth the paper they’re printed on.
Inflation Communication Breakdown
The decision-making process and subsequent market reaction to central bank actions largely dictated financial headlines over the past few weeks. As a recap, the European Central Bank, the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of England all implemented 75 basis point rate hikes. These increases came in an effort to stave off persistently high inflation prints in their regions, including 9.9%, 8.2% and 10.1% annualized rates of inflation in September, respectively.
Lula—Take 2: Lula Victorious in Brazilian Presidential Election
Following a tightly contested race, Brazil’s presidential election on Sunday, October 30 resulted in victory for former President (2003-2011) Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (or “Lula”) of the Workers’ Party and subsequent defeat for right-wing incumbent, Jair Bolsonaro. Lula amassed more than 60 million votes for the most in the country’s history to defeat Bolsonaro by less than 2% in Brazil’s tightest finish on record.