As the economy shifts from recovery to expansion, one challenge for investors continues to be the high level of valuations. In the long run, valuations are investors’ best North Star since they don’t just tell us how much something costs, but also what we get for our money.
As it often does, the stock market has hit a rough patch due to concerns around the delta variant, economic growth, interest rates and more. Although no two market pullbacks are exactly alike, there have already been several periods of short-term volatility this year in response to similar headlines. For long-term investors, it’s important to remember that these setbacks are a natural, expected, and manageable part of investing.
The housing market continues to heat up alongside the post-pandemic boom. The limited supply of homes, historically low interest rates, rising financial asset prices and other factors have created a sense of urgency among many to buy new homes and list their existing ones.