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: Confidence in Fed Helps Spark Market Rally
Stocks posted solid gains for the week, buoyed by the release of Fed meeting minutes and upbeat earnings from mid-size and discount retailers.
A Good Week
The stock market staged a broad rally last week, ignited by the release of minutes from the May’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting. The meeting notes eased concerns that the Fed might pursue a more aggressive monetary tightening stance than the Street had anticipated.
Investor sentiment rose owing to solid earnings and encouraging guidance from several mid-size and discount retailers, which eased concerns about the health of the American consumer. A smaller rise in the personal consumption expenditures price index, the Fed’s preferred measure of inflation, triggered a strong rally on Friday. The powerful move ended seven straight weeks of stock losses.4
The minutes from May’s FOMC meeting were released last week. They confirmed the likelihood of at least two successive 50 basis point interest rate hikes. The minutes also indicated they might need to raise rates to a level that acts to restrict economic growth, something that Fed Chair Jerome Powell acknowledged might be a painful process.5
Not all Fed members are fully committed to the more aggressive rate hikes. Last week, Atlanta Fed president Raphael Bostic wrote that a pause in rate increases in September might be appropriate. He joined other members in suggesting that economic conditions may warrant reconsideration of additional rate hikes beyond those already signaled by Powell.6
This Week: Key Economic Data
Tuesday: Consumer Confidence.
Wednesday: Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing Index. Jobs Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS).
Thursday: Automated Data Processing (ADP) Employment Report. Jobless Claims. Factory Orders.
Friday: Employment Situation. Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Services Index.
Source: Econoday, May 27, 2022
This Week: Companies Reporting Earnings
Tuesday: Salesforce, Inc. (CRM), HP, Inc. (HPQ).
Wednesday: MongoDB, Inc. (MDB).
Thursday: Broadcom, Inc. (AVGO), Hormel Foods Corporation (HRL), DocuSign (DOCU), CrowdStrike (CRWD).
Source: Zacks, May 27, 2022
"Deep breaths are very helpful at shallow parties."
– Barbara Walters
Are Medical and Dental Expenses Tax-Deductible?
If you file your taxes using itemized deductions, you may be able to deduct medical and dental expenses for yourself, your spouse, and your dependents. According to the IRS, you may deduct only the amount of your total medical expenses that exceed 7.5% of your adjusted gross income.
Some types of medical care expenses that may be deductible include:
* 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
Perfect Your Pigeon Pose
If you sit a lot at work or have tight hips, the pigeon pose (a popular pose in yoga) might help. It’s a simple pose that anyone can do, even if you don’t have experience practicing yoga. Here’s how to do it:
For some, just sitting in this pose with your chest upright is enough. If you want to increase the intensity of the post, lean forward and rest your forearms on the mat and rest your head on your hands.
Tip adapted from Healthline8
There are 2 nouns in the English language that become men’s names when you capitalize them – and when you capitalize them, you alter their pronunciation. Name either or both of these 2 nouns, both of which end in ‘b’.
Last week’s riddle: Two trains are crossing America from coast to coast, traveling over 3,000 miles of track. The Gentle Zephyr is going west at 70mph; the Western Wind is headed east at 80mph. So which train will be closer to the east coast when they roll by each other in Kansas? Riddle Answer: Neither. When the trains meet, they will be at the same point - therefore the same distance from the east coast.
Jökulsárlón, bordering Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland
Footnotes and Sources
2. The Wall Street Journal, May 27, 2022
3. The Wall Street Journal, May 27, 2022
4. CNBC, May 27, 2022
5. The Wall Street Journal, May 25, 2022
6. The Wall Street Journal, May 25, 2022
7. IRS.gov, February 17, 2021
8. Healthline.com, February 22, 2022
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