Striking a Balance: Risks to Growth Require “Light-Touch” Policy on Inflation


The Franklin Templeton Investment Solutions assesses the likely path of economic growth and inflation through 2022.


The rapid shutdown of global economies during the COVID-19 pandemic had a profound effect on consumer demand, supply chains and corporate earnings. As those economies continue the uneven process of reopening, the twin elements of increased demand and disrupted supply have acted to ratchet up inflationary pressures, all against the backdrop of COVID variants. Ed Perks, Chief Investment Officer of Franklin Templeton Investment Solutions, assesses the likely path of economic growth and inflation through 2022, the importance of monetary policy to financial market stability, and the implications for multi-asset investment strategy.



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