Kingsview CIO Scott Martin discusses food inflation, employment and whether the job market may be normalizing.
Program: Your World with Cavuto
Station: Fox Business News
NEIL CAVUTO: Forget about not even born, I mean, you don’t he doesn’t even remember a bear market, that’s next guy. Scott Martin Fox Business Contributor But again, an uncanny read of these markets for a young whippersnapper, Scott. You know, they’re mentioning the inflation word again and they’re saying, you know, be prepared for it sticking around a while. Are you in that camp?
SCOTT MARTIN: In parts of that camp, Neil, I think the gasoline concerns are definitely there and going to stay there, the food and some of the materials, I’m not so sure now. It’s funny the things that Lydia was talking about, Neil. It’s kind of things that we should probably be eating less of anyway. So maybe the inflation is doing a favor for us. I mean, personal story. I may or may not have brought some Golden Oreos with me to the studio today. You never know. The point is, you go to the store now, man used to be able to buy those Golden Oreos in the pack, and they had about sixty in them, for about you know, five bucks or something. Now you’re down to about 40 for a higher price. We probably don’t need to be eating 60 of those things anyway in a setting. So for my sake, some of the food inflation might actually maybe force us to make some healthier choices. Oh my gosh.
CAVUTO: Well, I don’t don’t go nuts here, but I don’t relate to this because, you know, I haven’t noticed the same run-up in prices in arugula, but you could be right. Yeah. But you know, I’m wondering because when inflation takes hold, it has a devil of the time sort of easing back. And we saw that from the 70s experience. Not that I think that that is necessarily the case now. But what do you look for that would at least get you thinking maybe this is more of a problem than I thought?
MARTIN: I think the secret Neil lies in the job market. I think it basically pans itself out in wage inflation because our good buddy, Milton Friedman, who yes, I’ve read about didn’t actually get a chance to meet him, which was the old talk of saying, you know, inflation is basically a monetary phenomenon. It’s too much money chasing too few of goods. We definitely have to feel good. I mean that that’s evident everywhere around the country today. But the wage thing that too much money chasing those goods may or may not be really the case here. So I think until that pans out to where we have both sides of those things fighting it out, I think that’s why I still think Jay Powell has it right. I think a lot of this stuff is transitory. It’s probably lasting a little bit longer than a lot of folks predicted. But we’re going to start to see we’ve got a jobs number tomorrow. I’m going to start to see those wage numbers, I believe calmed down as the job market maybe normalizes here.
CAVUTO: All right. We’ll see what happens. Scott Martin, great catching up with you and great relying on the expertise these last few years here, even though you weren’t alive when we started. But it’s good. Good that you’re alive right now.