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.
PODCAST OF THE WEEK
Economic Awareness: Stocks Stay Cool, Inflation Heats Up
Stocks ended the week mixed as investors appeared to shrug off a hotter-than-expected inflation report.
Another Quiet Week
The market traded in a narrow range for much of last week as investors anxiously awaited the release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) on Thursday.
May’s CPI saw an increase in inflation that exceeded most expectations. Paradoxically, markets advanced on the news, sending the S&P 500 to a new record close and the technology-heavy NASDAQ Composite higher. Perhaps equally unexpected was the decline in the 10-year Treasury yield, which slipped to 1.45%, touching its lowest level in three months.4
On Friday, stocks were unable to materially build on the previous day’s advance, though the S&P 500 managed to add onto its record Thursday close.
Consumer prices headed higher in May, rising 0.6% from April and by 5.0% from a year ago. It was the largest jump in the CPI since August 2008. Core inflation, which excludes food and energy prices, rose 3.8% — the sharpest increase in nearly three decades.5
Automobile prices were one of the primary contributors to May’s number. Used car and truck prices jumped 7.3% month-over-month and by 29.7% from a year ago. New cars experienced their highest monthly increase since October 2009 as a result of an inventory shortage stemming from tightness in the semiconductor supply.6
This Week: Key Economic Data
Tuesday: Retail Sales. Industrial Production.
Wednesday: FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) Announcement.
Thursday: Index of Leading Economic Indicators. Jobless Claims.
Source: Econoday, June 11, 2021
This Week: Companies Reporting Earnings
Tuesday: Oracle Corporation (ORCL).
Thursday: The Kroger Co. (KR).
Source: Zacks, June 11, 2021
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Tax Tips for Children or Grandchildren with Part-Time Summer Jobs
As summer approaches, many of us have kids or grandkids who are coming home for the summer and working part-time. Whether they're bussing tables, counseling summer camp, or mowing lawns, these tips will help them (and you) understand the tax implications of summer jobs:
Summer jobs are a great way to learn about responsibility and taxes, as well as earn a little extra income before returning to the school year.
* This information is not intended to be a substitute for specific individualized tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific tax issues with a qualified tax professional.
Tip adapted from IRS.gov7
How to Take a Vacation Without Leaving Home
Vacations provide a ton of benefits and are a great way to relax and take a break from your everyday stressors. But sometimes, you can't swing a whole vacation. The good news is that you can still enjoy a little getaway without leaving the comfort of your own home.
Here are some fun ways to "get away" without actually getting away:
Whether you want to visit a national park, learn a new language, or try a new recipe, there are countless ways to explore the world from your living room.
Tip adapted from Ideas.ted.com8
What common English word has three consecutive double letters?
Last week’s riddle: I have cities, but no houses. I have mountains, but no trees. I have water, but no fish. What am I? Answer: A map.
Kelp forest, Monterey, California.
Footnotes and Sources
2. The Wall Street Journal, June 11, 2021
3. The Wall Street Journal, June 11, 2021
4. The Wall Street Journal, June 11, 2021
5. CNBC, June 10, 2021
6. CNBC, June 10, 2021
7. IRS.gov, June 28, 2019
8. Ideas.ted.com, Oct 26, 2020
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