View From the Top

2021 gave us the fastest growth and highest inflation in decades as well as stellar returns for equity investors. We think 2022 will be slower, but still pretty fast. The massive fiscal stimulus and post-reopening demand surge are over and waves of COVID-19 continue to ripple across the world, but global consumers continue to power ahead. While 2021 was the year of the upside surprise, we see 2022 as a return to a more balanced mix of risks to the economy and financial markets.

The good news is that the pieces remain in place to keep growth running well above its pre-pandemic average. Private sector balance sheets are in remarkable shape. Savings rates remain high as incomes rise, and household net worth continues to hit new all-time highs. Corporate profit margins are wide, and hiring demand is unusually strong, indicating more job creation is on the way.

The challenges to investors in the New Year could come in the form of tighter money from global central banks, as well as rising costs for businesses that could eat into profits. And, of course, COVID-19 endures as a hindrance to the global economy's full normalization.

We think as growth slows moderately and inflation eventually subsides in 2022, investors should expect somewhat lower returns. But we believe there will be rewards for moving into more economically sensitive areas of the market. These cyclical sectors include financials, U.S. small-cap stocks and the eurozone. In fixed income, we prefer to keep duration short and maintain more credit risk than usual.

Our 2022 outlook, featuring our asset allocation views and our best ideas in each asset class, is now available on


This material is not intended to be a recommendation or investment advice, does not constitute a solicitation to buy, sell or hold a security or an investment strategy, and is not provided in a fiduciary capacity. The information provided does not take into account the specific objectives or circumstances of any particular investor, or suggest any specific course of action. Investment decisions should be made based on an investor's objectives and circumstances and in consultation with his or her advisors.

The views and opinions expressed are for informational and educational purposes only as of the date of production/writing and may change without notice at any time based on numerous factors, such as market or other conditions, legal and regulatory developments, additional risks and uncertainties and may not come to pass. This material may contain "forward-looking" information that is not purely historical in nature. Such information may include, among other things, projections, forecasts, estimates of market returns, and proposed or expected portfolio composition. Any changes to assumptions that may have been made in preparing this material could have a material impact on the information presented herein by way of example. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investing involves risk; principal loss is possible.

This material is not intended to be relied upon as a forecast, research or investment advice, and is not a recommendation, offer or solicitation to buy or sell any securities or to adopt any investment strategy. The information and opinions contained in this material are derived from proprietary and non-proprietary sources deemed by Nuveen to be reliable, and not necessarily all-inclusive and are not guaranteed as to accuracy. There is no guarantee that any forecasts made will come to pass. Company name is only for explanatory purposes and does not constitute as investment advice and is subject to change. Any investments named within this material may not necessarily be held in any funds/accounts managed by Nuveen. Reliance upon information in this material is at the sole discretion of the reader. Views of the author may not necessarily reflect the views of Nuveen as a whole or any part thereof.

Past performance is not a guide to future performance. Investment involves risk, including loss of principal. The value of investments and the income from them can fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed. Changes in the rates of exchange between currencies may cause the value of investments to fluctuate.

This information does not constitute investment research as defined under MiFID.

All information has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but its accuracy is not guaranteed. There is no representation or warranty as to the current accuracy, reliability or completeness of, nor liability for, decisions based on such information and it should not be relied on as such.

A word on risk

All investments carry a certain degree of risk and there is no assurance that an investment will provide positive performance over any period of time. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

Video was filmed on December 01, 2021

Featured Speaker: Brian Nick, Chief Investment Strategist

Nuveen, LLC provides investment advisory solutions through its investment specialists.


Viewpoints from the Global Investment Committee

2022 outlook : Slower. But still pretty fast.

As we head into the new year, we think 2022 should look quite a bit like 2021 with some key differences. The positives: Economic reopening should continue and global economic and corporate earnings growth should be above trend. The negatives: Inflationary pressures have grown, interest rates are rising and fiscal and monetary support are waning. Thus, our 2022 theme: "Slower. But still pretty fast." The economic cycle isn't ending, but conditions are getting more difficult and gains are going to be tougher to come by. Nevertheless, Nuveen's Global Investment Committee still sees opportunities across asset classes and remains committed to offering our clients ideas for how to navigate financial markets.

Read moreOpens pdf


TIAA market commentary

See what our professionals think about market trends, risks and opportunities.

The views expressed in this material may change in response to changing economic and market conditions. Past performance is not indicative of future returns.

The material is for informational or educationsl purposes only and does not constiute fiduciary advice under ERISA a securities recommendation under all securities laws, or an insurance product recommendation under state insurance laws or regulations. This material does not take into account any specific objectives or circumstances of any particular investor, or seuggest any specific course of action. Investment decisions should be made based on the investor's own objectives and circumstances.