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Economic Awareness: Stocks Tap the Brakes
Stocks posted small declines last week as investors digested recent stock market gains and an unexpectedly high inflation read.
Market Takes a Pause
After moving higher on Congressional approval of a $1 trillion-plus infrastructure spending bill, stocks drifted lower as investors took a breather after a weeks-long run-up in prices. A high October inflation report on Wednesday sent bond yields higher and stock prices lower, especially technology and other high growth companies. Energy also fell.4,5
Higher-than-expected inflation elevated investor worries that the Fed may be forced to accelerate its bond tapering schedule and hike interest rates sooner than planned. Stocks found firmer footing following the inflation-related sell-off, closing the week on a strong note, though it wasn’t sufficient to keep stocks from ending the week in the red.
Hot! Hot! Hot!
Rising prices appear to be showing no signs of moderating. The first reading on inflation was Tuesday’s release of the Producer Price Index, which saw wholesale prices rise 0.6% in October and register an 8.6% increase from 12-months ago.4
A day later the Consumer Price Index came in above consensus estimates, with prices climbing 0.9% from September 2021 and increasing 6.2% year-over-year. The 12-month increase was the sharpest such rise since 1990. The 12-month core inflation rate (excludes the more volatile food and energy sectors) was 4.6%, the fastest pace since 1991.5
This Week: Key Economic Data
Tuesday: Retail Sales. Industrial Production.
Wednesday: Housing Starts.
Thursday: Jobless Claims. Index of Leading Economic Indicators.
Source: Econoday, November 12, 2021
This Week: Companies Reporting Earnings
Monday: Lucid Group (LCID).
Tuesday: Walmart, Inc. (WMT), The Home Depot, Inc. (HD), NetEase, Inc. (NTES).
Wednesday: Nvidia Corporation (NVDA), Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO), Target Corporation (TGT), Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW), The TJX Companies, Inc. (TJX).
Thursday: Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (PANW), Ross Stores, Inc. (ROST), JD.com (JD).
Source: Zacks, November 12, 2021
“We are born not with purpose, but with potential.”
– Octavia Butler
Tax Treatment of Hobbies
Taxpayers who earn money from their hobbies might have to report the income to the IRS. Here are some tips to help:
* 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.gov6
Eat This, Not That: Easy Food Swaps Anyone Can Do
By swapping out unhealthy food options for healthier ones, you can cut out the bad stuff and still enjoy your meal. Here are some of our favorite food swaps:
There are lots of healthy swaps like these that can help you reduce your caloric intake, consume less sugar, and make it easy to create a more-balanced meal.
Tip adapted from Eat This, Not That7
An interesting occurrence happened about 25 minutes before 1 p.m. on May 6, 1978, involving numbers on the clock and months and years on the calendar. What was this numerically interesting moment?
Last week’s riddle: Complete these words by putting the same three letters into each one: F---RISH, C---DY, S---GH. Answer: LOU.
Florence Cathedral, Florence, Italy.
Footnotes and Sources
2. The Wall Street Journal, November 12, 2021
3. The Wall Street Journal, November 12, 2021
4. CNBC, November 9, 2021
5. The Wall Street Journal, November 10, 2021
6. IRS.gov, May 25, 2021
7. eatthis.com, June 24, 2021
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