Hunter Frey is an Analyst at Catalyst Capital Advisors, LLC and Rational Advisors Inc. covering all in-house equity strategies and an insider buying income-oriented strategy at Catalyst Funds. Mr. Frey received a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business with a focus in Spanish from Gardner-Webb University, Godbold School of Business, and is in pursuit of a Master of Business Administration in Economics and Finance from New York University, Stern School of Business.
As the third quarter slowly winds down, economic data announcements remain front page stories as the economy recalibrates amid the Delta variant. Even though labor markets and supply chains remain challenged with a less linear recovery and supply bottlenecks, the consumer price index (CPI), an inflation gauge, slowed its’ growth with the smallest gain in seven months as consumer prices increased only 0.3% (0.1% less than consensus).
As we approach the end of the summer, Covid-19 health risks remain prevalent. The new delta variant continues to shed uncertainty around a robust economic recovery. Amid the new variant’s increasing infection rates (even in vaccinated individuals), the Federal Reserve announced that the in-person plans for the Jackson Hole symposium would be replaced with a virtual event on August 27, 2021.
The re-establishment of coronavirus restrictions will likely not be as extreme of an impact on society and business operations as the “growing pains” and social and business adjustments weathered after March of 2020 contain any large economic event.