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” We believe that inflation expectations will be driven by central banks expanding their balance sheets (as discussed above) and the perceived loss of independence for central banks. Independent central banks were the guardians of low inflation – yet, as of late the independence of the both the BoE and the BoJ has come under pressure (in the former case, the 2% inflation target has been moved to 3 years from 2 years – and in the latter case, there has been the first MoF appointee since the BoJ became independent). In the words of the Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann: “price stability …is increasingly called into question with independent central bank going out of fashion”.
To some extent, the BoJ is playing a critical role in this. In their attempt to hit their 2% inflation rate, they are forcing up other developed market currencies and this in turn forces central banks in other economies to expand their balance sheets to avoid the consequences of currency strength.
In the past, high inflation has not been a problem for equity multiples until inflation rises above 4% (currently the 5-year 5-year forward inflation rate is 3% and the core PCE inflation is 1.3%). Moreover, equities do not do worse than bonds into rising inflation until inflation rises above 7%. This is critical, given that long-term investors are abnormally overweight bonds.
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Global Equity Strategy