With interest rates on the rise, high inflation, and complicated global politics, our economy is in a very different place now than it was even 6 months ago, at the start of 2022.
While there’s no need for investors to panic, with Q2 now in the books, now is a great time to take a look at your current investment strategies and make sure the strategies that have worked for you in the past still make sense for the coming months.
Here are four things we’ve seen so far this year that we’re continuing to keep our eye on as we head into the third quarter.
Inflation Reaches New Heights
In May, the annual inflation rate increased once again to 8.6%, the highest it’s been since 1981.
We’ve discussed previously how these inflation rates are outpacing average real estate investment returns, which typically fall around 7-8%.
If your goal is to generate income for yourself in the short term, then real estate investing will likely not deliver the results you’re hoping for. At FGCP, we still believe that investing in real assets like real estate can serve a purpose, but as with any investment, it’s important to know where you’re trying to go and then choose the right vehicle for your destination.
Interest Rates Continue to Rise
Midway through June, the Federal Reserve increased interest rates for the third time in 2022. This 0.75% increase is the largest rate hike we’ve seen since 1994. The Fed also announced that they plan to continue raising the rates in an effort to slow down inflation.
If you’re planning to take out a loan or a mortgage to fund an investment in the near future, you may want to act now, as today’s interest rates are most likely the lowest we’ll see for the remainder of the year. But keep in mind that these rates are still significantly higher than they were even three months ago.
Tax Efficiency is a Top Priority
In our current high inflation, high interest environment, it’s more important than ever to make sure your investment strategy is delivering reliable returns and is tax efficient. If you haven’t taken the time yet to think through your 2022 tax strategy, what are you waiting for?
It may feel too early to think about next year’s tax season; after all, April feels like it happened yesterday. But in reality, making a plan today and investing accordingly over the next six months can help you significantly reduce your tax bill for the year.
Find a Partner You Can Trust
Trying to keep up with all of these changing economic conditions would be a full time job, and you’re not going to become an expert overnight. That’s why it’s so important to know your specific goals and build a team of people who can help you reach them.
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