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Mark Mirsberger, CEO of Dana Investment Advisors

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Mark Mirsberger

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“We don’t see rising inflation as completely transitory, and therefore we’re positioning portfolios accordingly,” said Mirsberger at Dana Investment Advisors. “This includes focusing on adjustable and floating rate bonds.

“FAANG and other high-flying tech stocks have driven the major indices the past few years and benefited from the pandemic,” added Mirsberger, referring to Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Alphabet (formerly known as Google). “While we think tech is much stronger than in 2000, we think value strategies with good growth rates will be rewarded.

“We also believe investors will continue to embrace ESG [environmental and social governance] investing, and that the SEC will help improve disclosure.”

Harlan Cadinha, chairman and chief strategist of Cadinha & Co.

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“A post-pandemic bounce should be seen in the consumer stocks: Airlines, restaurants, hotels and resorts should see strong relative earnings compared to trough earnings caused by Covid,” said Cadinha at Cadinha & Co.

“Government interference such as price controls for pharmaceuticals, which is a goal of the proposed Biden legislation, will lower earning’s growth rates for the effected companies,” he added. “Government interference could also affect companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter and Apple.”

He said the firm is currently invested 47% in equities, 8% in short-term Treasurys and the rest in cash.

“The cash in portfolios is largely bond money that we are keeping away from bonds because of our present negative view on bonds,” Cadinha said.

Michael Bisaro, president of StraightLine Group

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“Post-pandemic timeframes will be marked by rising interest rates, higher levels of inflation and continued challenges in various supply chains around the world,” said Bisaro at StraightLine Group. “Larger companies will likely outperform smaller as increased scale will lead to fewer problems securing inventory.

“While we are generally positive about the outlook for most equity markets, we are concerned about bonds,” he added.

“The headwinds that will be created by low and slowly rising interest rates will likely produce a time when much of the bond market will experience negative real returns, compared to inflation.”

Eric Leve, chief investment officer at Bailard

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“The run-up in energy prices in 2021 has been extraordinary,” Bailard‘s Leve said. “This has been a combination of Covid- and post-Covid-related excess demand, strong discipline from OPEC+ and lingering disruptions from Hurricane Ida.

“With normalizing demand in 2022 and increased oil and gas production, earnings for the sector may come under pressure in 2022,” he added. “Our bias would be to sell this year’s rally.”

On the flipside, Leve said, “luxury goods performed well during the pandemic, and we expect them to do so again next year.”

“Chinese consumers are critical for European consumer goods makers and one-half of Chinese buying happens when they travel,” he added. “Once China again allows outbound travel, we expect this pent-up spending to provide a tailwind for these companies.”

Kent Kramer, chief investment officer at Foster Group

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“It is still unclear to us what the economic sense of cryptocurrency really is and the long-term viability of these assets,” said Kramer at Foster Group.

“There is a strong probability that governments are behind the curve in regulating these new assets and future regulation, along with government sponsored digital currencies, are likely to change the landscape significantly.”

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