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Markets React to Inflation Surprise

September 14, 2022

Yesterday’s inflation print was a big surprise—a bad one. Yet, looking at the headlines, you could be forgiven for wondering why. The headline CPI, after all, increased by only 0.1 percent, after being flat the prior month. If we annualize those two months, the inflation rate would be only 0.6 percent per year, which is the opposite of what everyone is panicking about. It isn’t that simple, of course. But given that and the fact that inflation for the past 12 months was down from 8.5 percent to 8.3 percent, it would seem inflation is slowing. So, why the panic?

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Economic Release Snapshot: Service Sector Confidence Improves

September 12, 2022

Each week, we break down the latest U.S. economic reports, including what the results mean for the overall health of the economy. Here, you will find how economists’ forecasts compare with actual results, key takeaways to consider, as well as a list of what’s on tap for the week ahead. 

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Economic Risk Factor Update: September 2022 [SlideShare]

September 8, 2022

We're excited to roll out a new and improved format for our Economic Risk Factor Update. Each month, we will continue to review the biggest risk factors to the economy, but we’ll do so in a SlideShare format we hope you will find both easy to read and informative. Let’s take a closer look.

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Looking Back at the Markets in August and Ahead to September 2022

September 7, 2022

August was a resumption of the earlier pullback after a surprisingly strong July. The S&P 500 lost 4.08 percent, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) dropped 3.72 percent, and the Nasdaq Composite fell 4.53 percent. Markets resumed their downward trend for the year, bouncing, in some cases, off long-term trend lines. Internationally, developed markets fell, although emerging markets eked out a small gain.

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Economic Release Snapshot: Hiring Stays Strong in August

September 6, 2022

Each week, we break down the latest U.S. economic reports, including what the results mean for the overall health of the economy. Here, you will find how economists’ forecasts compare with actual results, key takeaways to consider, as well as a list of what’s on tap for the week ahead. 

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Market Thoughts for September 2022 [Video]

September 2, 2022

After a strong rebound in July, markets pulled back again in August. U.S. and developed international markets ended the month down by 3 percent to 5 percent, and fixed income declined. The primary driver here was rising rates. Higher rates provide for lower stock market values, and with fears of a recession taking down expected earnings, the market had a double whammy. Still, there was good economic news. Job growth beat expectations, and consumer and producer inflation showed signs of peaking.

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Will Job Growth Stay Strong?

August 31, 2022

I have been saying for some time now that, as long as job growth remains strong, a recession simply isn’t likely. So far, that has played out, but the same question comes up every month: will job growth remain strong? We’ll find out on Friday whether that is still the case.

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Why Is the Market Going Down?

August 30, 2022

The big question on everyone’s mind is, why is the market going down? The answer, in short, is interest rates. Interest rates are up. When rates go up, stocks tend to go down. And this takes us to the next question: why are interest rates up—and will they continue to rise?

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Economic Release Snapshot: Spending Growth Declines in July

August 29, 2022

Each week, we break down the latest U.S. economic reports, including what the results mean for the overall health of the economy. Here, you will find how economists’ forecasts compare with actual results, key takeaways to consider, as well as a list of what’s on tap for the week ahead. 

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Is Housing Headed for a Significant Correction?

August 25, 2022

After a massive surge in homebuying throughout the pandemic, cracks are starting to show. Demand has begun to wane, while supply is increasing at the fastest pace in decades. So, will we see a moderation in prices if supply continues to outpace demand in the latter half of the year and into 2023?

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