March 2022 – Bond Market Review
Mar 18, 2022 | Monthly Review
The Russian invasion of Ukraine and resulting Western sanctions on Russia have fueled volatility in financial markets. The latest escalation has exacerbated inflationary pressures, particularly in energy and commodities, and has caused tightening conditions in financial markets. While consumer spending and economic growth remain strong, we believe an extended conflict in Eastern Europe along with elevated energy prices increases the risk of an economic slowdown in the coming months. While we expect the Fed to tighten monetary policy, the FOMC has very little margin for error as it attempts to combat inflation without pushing the economy into a recession. Over the near-term, we expect financial market volatility to remain elevated and conditions to remain tighter with heightened geopolitical risk, supply chain bottlenecks, persistent inflation, and the Fed pivoting to less accommodative monetary policy.