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Stagflation Is All Anyone in Markets Wants to Talk About Now

  • Persistently high inflation dragging growth expectations lower
  • Energy, Treasury markets show jitters while stocks hang tight

It’s taken just a few short months for stagflation to go from hobgoblin of cranks to a full-blown Wall Street obsession.

Everyone seems worried about it. Bridgewater Associates co-Chief Investment Officer Greg Jensen says spiraling prices that choke off growth are a “real risk” that many portfolios are massively overexposed to. A “fairly strong consensus” of market professionals believe that some kind of stagflation is more likely than not, according to a Deutsche Bank AG survey. And while Goldman Sachs Group Inc. urged investors to buy the dip, strategists said “stagflation” was the most common topic in client conversations.