January brought in the new year with a lot of movement and change in the US investment world.
The main takeaways:
Stock market slide, volatility, plus inflation/ interest rate fears
Property as go-to attractive and competitive investment alternative
Re-affirmation of minimum EB-5 Visa Program investment amounts
Let’s look back at the biggest investment stories from January, to help you add the most to your portfolio in 2022.
Stock Market Slide
Stocks slide as bruising January comes to a close. Since we reported last week, the market fell even further, with the VIX volatility index still high and showing over 25. What this means for investors moving forward is a reevaluation of where to best grow their holdings. We all have our strategies and preferences, yet we believe we can agree that a diversified portfolio can serve us best.
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Re-affirmed EB-5 Visa Investment Amounts
In the world of EB-5 Visa investments, there was some VERY good news amidst the continued lapse in re-authorization. The raised $900,000 USD TEA area investment amount came about in November 2019, almost doubling the $500,000 amount used since the inception of the EB-5 Program. A ruling from last June concluded that Former Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan was not appointed under a proper procedure and therefore exceeded his statutory authority in issuing the 2019 EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Modernization Rule. On January 5th, the DEA removed their appeal of the newly lowered/ original amount. This means once the program is renewed, the investment amount will remain at $500,000 USD.
COVID | Investing in US properties during Omnicron
The coronavirus pandemic entered its third year with the newest variant, Omnicron, and significant sectors of the economy are still depressed. Florida took a business-first approach to manage the pandemic and stayed open for investors from within the nation and abroad.
In January 2022, inflation hits a 4-decade high, with consumer prices soaring 7 percent.
It is anticipated that Federal Reserve will raise the Fed interest rate up to four times this year, starting in March. Investors are apprehensive that raising the interest rates too high or too fast could invite an economic slowdown or worse a recession.
Last week we outlined how property investments can often outpace inflation and can be a good strategy for both this year and the long term.