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Money Matters

How do Macroeconomic Conditions Affect My Investments?

Investing can often be a bumpy ride, especially in the shorter term. Macroeconomic conditions on a national or global level are largely responsible for these bumps, and are influenced by factors such as inflation, economic growth, and fiscal and monetary policy.

Understanding these factors and how they impact your investments will help you make better investment decisions.

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While these are general correlations between economic conditions and the price of various asset classes, in reality, the interplay between these economic and policy factors is highly complex—even trained economists cannot be fully certain.

But once you begin to understand the different correlations, you will be able to better assess how to manage your investments in response to changing economic conditions.

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