The following economic awareness entry is based on short-term events and therefore should not be taken as information towards making investment decisions, which are of a long-term nature. It is only meant to provide clarity regarding current economic events, as there is often a large degree of incorrect information dispersed through the media or other sources.
Economic Awareness: Stocks Dip on Inflation Report
A higher-than-expected inflation report triggered a sell-off on Friday, leaving stocks in the red for the week.
Inflation Upends Stocks
Stocks gyrated between gains and losses last week until sliding lower on Friday’s hot inflation report, which heightened worries over a more aggressive Fed and a further economic slowdown. Stocks moved higher to begin the week, despite rising bond yields, a profit warning from a major retailer, and Senate testimony by Secretary of Treasury Janet Yellen, who said that inflation was likely to remain elevated.
Stocks turned lower later in the week on renewed concerns of an economic slowdown, sparked by a downward revision in The Federal Reserve-Atlanta’s real-time estimate of second-quarter GDP growth and a drop in new mortgage applications. Investors lightening up on stocks ahead of Friday’s inflation report may have also contributed to Thursday’s selling.
Consumer prices rose 8.6% year-over-year in May, marking the highest rate since December 1981. Price increases over the last 12 months were driven by a 34.6% jump in energy prices and by food costs, which climbed 10.1%. Used car and truck prices, which had seen three straight months of declines, rose 1.8% from April, while airfares soared 12.6% in May.4
May’s inflation exceeded economists’ forecasts and dashed the hopes that inflation had plateaued. In a separate economic report on Friday, real wages (net of inflation) fell 0.6% in April and were lower by 3% from 12 months ago.5
This Week: Key Economic Data
Tuesday: Producer Price Index.
Wednesday: Retail Sales. FOMC Announcement.
Thursday: Jobless Claims. Housing Starts.
Friday: Industrial Production. Index of Leading Economic Indicators.
Source: Econoday, June 10, 2022
This Week: Companies Reporting Earnings
Thursday: Adobe, Inc. (ADBE), The Kroger Co. (KR).
Source: Zacks, June 10, 2022
"To look back is to relax one's vigil."
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Tip adapted from IRS.gov6
What is Mindfulness?
You may have heard various definitions of mindfulness here and there or have your own ideas about what it is. Do you completely clear your mind? Is there more to it?
Interestingly, mindfulness is as simple as it sounds. It refers to the state of being fully present in where you are and what you’re doing. You can practice mindfulness as you're driving, as you’re walking your dog, or as you’re playing with your children. It’s practicing being in the here and now and not letting your mind take you out of the present moment. These obsessive thoughts can lead to anxiety and stress.
To practice mindfulness, take a simple activity, like drinking your cup of coffee, and think about every sensation you’re experiencing. It takes practice but is worth it to improve your mental strength!
Tip adapted from Mindful7
What surrounds everyone and is the end of time and space?
Last week’s riddle: There is a 5-letter, single-syllable word that you can take 4 letters out of, leaving you with only a single letter that has the same pronunciation as the original 5-letter word. What is this word? (Hint: it involves waiting in line.) Riddle answer: Queue.
Cheetah gazing into the distance, Namibia, Africa
Footnotes and Sources
2. The Wall Street Journal, June 10, 2022
3. The Wall Street Journal, June 10, 2022
4. CNBC, June 10, 2022
5. CNBC, June 10, 2022
6. IRS.gov, January 3, 2021
7. Mindful.org, July 8, 2020
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