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 & LIFESTYLE LIVING
PODCAST OF THE WEEK
Economic Awareness: Tech Stocks On the Rise
Strong economic data and a resurgent technology sector propelled stocks to solid gains last week.
A blow-out jobs report and an all-time high in the ISM-Services Index, coupled with the continued rebound in technology stocks, powered the Dow Industrials and S&P 500 to record highs to open a new week of trading.4
After taking a breather mid-week, stocks resumed their climb amid lower bond yields, widening momentum in vaccination efforts, and falling concerns over corporate tax rate hikes. As bond yields settled lower, technology shares rallied, lifting the S&P 500 to another record high on Thursday, its 19th closing record high this year.5
Despite a surge in March producer prices, stocks added to their gains to close out a strong week of performance.6
Two Steps Forward, One Step Back
The labor market has been perhaps one of the more tenuous ingredients in the budding economic recovery, though recent employment data may suggest the labor market recovery is gathering steam.
March’s employment report exceeded all expectations, posting an increase of 916,000 in nonfarm payrolls, with upward revisions of 156,000 jobs to the January and February increases. Later, the JOLTS (Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey) report saw a jump in job openings at a level not seen in two years. The weekly new jobless claims report, however, was mixed, as jobless claims came in higher than estimated, while continuing claims fell below the level seen just prior to the wave of pandemic-induced layoffs in late March 2020.7,8,9
This Week: Key Economic Data
Tuesday: Consumer Price Index (CPI).
Wednesday: Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) Minutes.
Thursday: Jobless Claims. Retail Sales. Industrial Production.
Friday: Housing Starts. Consumer Sentiment.
This Week: Companies Reporting Earnings
Wednesday: J.P. MorganChase (JPM), Goldman Sachs (GS), Wells Fargo (WFC).
Thursday: Bank of America (BAC), UnitedHealthcare Group (UNH), Citigroup (C), Alcoa (AA), BlackRock, Inc. (BLK), Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM), J.B. Hunt Transportation (JBHT).
Friday: Morgan Stanley (MS), PNC Financial Services Group (PNC), PPG Industries (PPG).
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
“Anything you don't understand is dangerous until you do understand it.”
– Larry Niven
Can You Claim the Child Tax Credit for Other Dependents?
Even though you may not be able to claim the child tax credit, you may be able to claim the credit for other dependents under your care. The IRS issues a max of $500 for each dependent who meets specific conditions.
These conditions include:
The credit begins to phase out when the taxpayer's income is more than $200,000. This phaseout begins for married couples filing a joint tax return at $400,000.
Taxpayers may be able to claim this credit if:
This dependent credit may also be able to be combined with the child and dependent care credit and the earned income credit.
* 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.gov10
HEALTHY LIVING TIP
Channel Your Natural Beauty
What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body. This is why more people are choosing natural skincare and beauty products. Natural ingredients are better for the environment and often gentler on your skin.
When looking for a natural beauty product, check its certifications. Most natural beauty products are certified organic or natural by outside organizations. As an added bonus, they can also be vegan or cruelty-free. You should also consider shopping for products that are non-toxic, palm oil-free, and produced with ethical ingredient sourcing policies and environmentally-friendly packaging.
Here are some of the most common natural ingredients to look for, depending on the product and your needs:
The list of powerful, effective, and safe natural beauty ingredients is always growing and we are moving toward a future of gentle, sustainable beauty products.
Tip adapted from Sustainable Jungle11
Ian bought a bag of apples on Friday and ate a third of them. On Saturday he ate half of the remaining apples. On Sunday he looked in the bag and found that just two apples were left. How many apples were originally in the bag?
Last week’s riddle: What can be seen in the middle of March and April, that can't be seen in the beginning or end of either month? Answer: The letter “R.”
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Bison below the Grand Teton Mountains in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Footnotes and Sources
2. The Wall Street Journal, April 9, 2021
3. The Wall Street Journal, April 9, 2021
4. CNBC, April 5, 2021
5. The Wall Street Journal, April 8, 2021
6. FoxBusiness.com, April 9, 2021
7. CNBC, April 2, 2021
8. Reuters, April 6, 2021
9. CNBC, April 8, 2021
10. IRS.gov, February 11, 2021
11. Sustainablejungle.com, 2021
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