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.
PSA: Spending money does not equal wealth.
Economic Awareness: Volatility Reigns; Inflation Remains Unchecked
Stocks were mixed last week amid wide intra- and inter-day price swings, as technology shares bore the brunt of the downdraft.
An above-consensus consumer inflation number sent stocks tumbling in early Thursday trading before inexplicably surging higher in a stunning reversal that saw the Dow Jones Industrial Average rally 1,500 points from its intraday low. Before reversing, stocks had touched levels last seen in 2020. Friday surrendered much of the previous day’s gains, sending stocks mostly lower for the week.4
The stock market began the week on a volatile note, with the Nasdaq hitting a two-year low. Recession fears and new export controls may limit U.S. companies from selling advanced semiconductor chips and related manufacturing equipment to China.5
September’s inflation reports provided little evidence that inflation was moderating meaningfully. The Producer Price Index's first report on inflation showed a 0.4% increase in supplier prices over August and an 8.5% increase 12 months ago. While down from August's 8.7% rise, it was higher than market expectations.6
The subsequent release of the Consumer Price Index showed consumer prices rising 0.4% in September and 8.2% year-over-year. More troubling was core inflation (excludes energy and food prices), which gained 0.6% in September and registered an increase of 6.6% from a year ago–the biggest 12-month increase since August 1982.7
This Week: Key Economic Data
Tuesday: Industrial Production.
Wednesday: Housing Starts.
Thursday: Existing Home Sales. Jobless Claims. Index of Leading Economic Indicators.
Source: Econoday, October 14, 2022
This Week: Companies Reporting Earnings
Monday: Bank of America Corporation (BAC), The Charles Schwab Corporation (SCHW).
Tuesday: Netflix, Inc. (NFLX), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (GS).
Wednesday: Tesla, Inc. (TSLA), United Airlines Holdings, Inc. (UAL), International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), The Procter & Gamble Company (PG), Lam Research Corporation (LRCX), Abbott Laboratories (ABT).
Thursday: AT&T, Inc. (T), CSX Corporation (CSX), Union Pacific Corporation (UNP), Freeport McMoran, Inc. (FCX).
Friday: Verizon Communications, Inc. (VZ), HCA Healthcare, Inc. (HCA), American Express Company (AXP).
Source: Zacks, October 14, 2022
"You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
– Eleanor Roosevelt
Should You Classify Your Workers As Employees or Independent Contractors?
You might hire employees and independent contractors for similar work, but there are important differences in how they are classified. Here are a few questions to consider:
Correctly classifying your workers is essential to avoid issues with taxes or liability.
* 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.gov8
Hiking in Fall
Few things are more beautiful than the crisp reds, yellows, and oranges of fresh fall foliage. And what better way to experience fall than with a hike?
If you’re headed out for a fall hike, The American Hiking Society shares some tips to keep you safe and comfortable:
Tip adapted from American Hiking Society9
They are sometimes stomped on, yet they can also be very tasty and sweet. What are they?
Last week’s riddle: A man leaves home and makes three left turns. He comes home again and sees two masked men waiting for him, but he jogs straight toward them with a smile as others cheer. Why is this man so unafraid? Answer: He’s a baseball player who has just hit a home run. The masked men are the umpire and opposing team’s catcher.
Dubai Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Footnotes and Sources
2. The Wall Street Journal, October 14, 2022
3. The Wall Street Journal, October 14, 2022
4. CNBC, October 13, 2022
5. CNBC, October 10, 2022
6. CNBC, October 12, 2022
7. CNBC, October 13, 2022
8. IRS.gov, August 2, 2022
9. American Hiking Society, August 4, 2022
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