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The PCIA Research Team has been hard at work, poring over the latest market data so that we can deliver our best insights to you. Take a look at the latest report covering what happened in the month of March 2024. You will find quick facts and in-depth details on what has occurred, what that means for you and what’s ahead in the market and economic environment. Download the newest edition of the Month-in-Review below!

Quick Takes

  • Risk Assets Extended Their Upward Climb. All asset classes listed notched positive gains in March, helping pull year-to-date (YTD) figures for Real Estate, U.S. Aggregate Bonds, and International Bonds closer to positive territory.
  • Inflation Eases in February. The Fed’s preferred inflation gauge, the PCE Deflator, saw a welcome slowdown in February, rising just 0.3% after a stronger January increase. This tamer reading contrasts with other inflation measures, which had suggested intensifying price pressures earlier in 2024.
  • The Dollar Rallied Behind Poor Inflation Data. Disappointing inflation data triggered a rally in the dollar. This data strengthens the argument for the U.S. central bank to maintain current short-term interest rates, postponing any potential cuts.
  • Labor Markets and Unemployment Rate. February’s strong jobs report hides a weaker market. Unemployment rose despite gains in just a few industries. Analysts see this as a trend, predicting a possible rate cut by the Fed in May to stimulate the economy. This could signal a slowdown for the economy.

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This article is not to be construed as financial advice. It is provided for informational purposes only and it should not be relied upon. It is recommended that you check with your financial advisor, tax professional and legal professionals when making any investment or any change to your retirement plan. Your investments, insurance and savings vehicles should match your risk tolerance and be suitable as well as what’s best for your personal financial situation.

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