April was a hard month for the markets, and the beginning of May has been even more brutal, but investment experts still see room for tempered optimism about the remainder of the year.
Employer-sponsored retirement plans and individual retirement accounts reached almost $40 trillion in total assets by the end of last year, even as a recovering economy faced some key pain points, according to new data released by the Investment Company Institute.
J.P. Morgan says retiree income replacement needs have risen across the income spectrum and now range from 72% to 98%, depending on factors such as pre-retirement income level and location.
The economy is expanding fast, and the U.S. Federal Reserve is growing more worried about inflation than employment; that much is clear in early 2022, but what comes next for the markets and the economy is not.
Among the takeaways one investment expert has from the year is that structural forces have a large influence on interest rates and may keep them relatively low despite the efforts of policymakers.
They see plenty of growth potential in a market they say is driven and distorted by fiscal and monetary policies—a situation which could spell trouble for unprepared individual investors.
The audit and tax advisory firm is accused of permitting the payment of excessive investment and administrative fees within its own retirement plan.
As some investment analysts argue inflation has peaked, and that it should soon return to an average annual rate in line with recent history, others are focused on the effects of growing wage pressure and the competition for labor.