Weekly Market Insights: Tighter Money Policy; Market Drops

Weekly Market Insights: Tighter Money Policy; Market Drops

May 09, 2022

With the Fed in focus, the markets experienced wide price swings over the course of last week, as technology companies led the market lower.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.24%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 declined 0.21%. The Nasdaq Composite index dropped 1.54% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, fell 1.99%.1,2,3

A Wild Week

After successive daily gains to begin the week, stocks staged a powerful relief rally in response to Wednesday’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) announcement, aided by Fed Chair Powell’s comment that a 75-basis point hike was not under active consideration.

Stocks, however, dropped the following day as investors reassessed the implications of a tighter monetary policy. Also on Thursday, the yield on the 10-year Treasury Note closed above three percent. News that worker productivity fell 7.5% and labor costs rose 11.6% in the first quarter fanned inflation fears and added to investor unease. Despite a better-than-expected employment report, stocks closed out the week with another day of losses amid volatile trading.4

Fed Raises Rates

The May 2022 FOMC meeting resulted in an increase of 50 basis points in the federal funds rate, the largest rate increase since 2000. In a post-meeting press conference, Fed Chair Powell said additional 50 basis point hikes are likely, acknowledging that inflation was much too high and sending assurances that he was committed to price stability.

The Fed also announced that it would begin reducing its $9 trillion balance sheet by $95 billion a month, a step the markets had been anticipating.5

This Week: Key Economic Data

Wednesday: Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Thursday: Producer Price Index (PPI). Jobless Claims.

Friday: Consumer Sentiment.

Source: Econoday, May 6, 2022
The Econoday economic calendar lists upcoming U.S. economic data releases (including key economic indicators), Federal Reserve policy meetings, and speaking engagements of Federal Reserve officials. The content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The forecasts or forward-looking statements are based on assumptions and may not materialize. The forecasts also are subject to revision.

This Week: Companies Reporting Earnings

Monday: Tyson Foods, Inc. (TSN).

Tuesday: Occidental Corporation (OXY), Sysco Corporation (SYY).

Wednesday: The Walt Disney Company (DIS), Rivian Automotive, Inc. (RIVN).

Thursday: Affirm Holdings, Inc. (AFRM).

Source: Zacks, May 6, 2022
Companies mentioned are for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of the securities. Investing involves risks, and investment decisions should be based on your own goals, time horizon, and tolerance for risk. The return and principal value of investments will fluctuate as market conditions change. When sold, investments may be worth more or less than their original cost. Companies may reschedule when they report earnings without notice.

"A pleasure is full grown only when it is remembered." 

– C.S. Lewis

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Tip adapted from IRS.gov6

What Is Meatless Monday?

Thanks to new (and much more delicious) meat substitutes, more people are swapping at least one meal a week for a vegetarian dish. One of the most popular ways to do this is starting Meatless Monday in your household!

There are many potential health and environmental benefits of eating less meat and more plant-based choices. While you might not be ready or interested in giving up meat entirely, subbing in meatless meals on Monday is a great change of pace and might open your eyes to more delicious plant-based meals like:

  • Veggie lasagna

  • Vegetarian pizza

  • Pasta with lentils

  • Homemade falafel and hummus

  • Protein-packed salads

The possibilities for Meatless Monday are endless! Your body and the environment will thank you for eating more plants.

Tip adapted from The Monday Campaigns7

A librarian finds that pages have been ripped out of a novel. Pages 28, 29, 148, 211 and 212 are torn out. Given this, how many separate sheets of paper have been torn from the book? 

Last week’s riddle:  What is the number missing within this sequence? 4, 7, 11, 18, 29, 47, __, 123, 199, 322.  Answer:  The missing number is 76. Beginning with the third number in the sequence, each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers. 

Rainbow Bridge, Smiths Ferry, Idaho.

Footnotes and Sources

1. The Wall Street Journal, May 6, 2022

2. The Wall Street Journal, May 6, 2022

3. The Wall Street Journal, May 6, 2022

4. CNBC, May 5, 2022

5. CNBC, May 4, 2022

6. IRS.gov, February 16, 2021

7. mondaycampaigns.org, February 22, 2022

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