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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 April 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 Had a Challenging Month. Almost all asset classes saw a decrease in April except for Emerging Markets which posted a positive return. YTD figures took a hit this month after posting positive returns for most asset classes in March
  • Inflation Surges in April. Last quarter, the U.S. saw economic growth decline and inflation surge, disrupting the previously optimistic outlook; GDP grew at 1.6%, lower than expected, personal spending rose slower at 2.5%, and the widening trade deficit significantly impacted growth, leading the Fed keeping interest rates unchanged
  • The Dollar Lagged After Mixed Economic Data. The U.S. dollar weakened, except against the yen, due to unexpected economic slowdown and inflation acceleration, potentially complicating the Federal Reserve’s interest rate plans.
  • Labor Costs Increase in Q1. Recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data indicates a notable Q1 increase in U.S. labor costs, surpassing forecasts. The 1.2% rise in the Employment Cost Index highlights persistent wage pressures driving inflation. Policymakers grapple with managing inflation amid high interest rates and no immediate plans for reduction.

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