Falling inflation in 2H23 encouraged a more accommodative tone from Fed officials. In fact, Fed sentiment, as measured by J.P. Morgan’s Fed Hawk-Dove Speech Score, slowly shifted from hawkish toward a more neutral stance in the fourth quarter. However, after a string of hot CPI prints in 1Q24, heightened inflation uncertainty has caused Fed officials to reassert their hawkish tone.… Read More
Despite weak income growth in early 2024, consumer spending remained resilient, and real wages stayed positive. The personal saving rate, however, slid to 3.6% for the quarter and 3.2% in March, lower than for any year since 2007. Download Full-Size PDF: Click Here weekly_market_recap-05-13-2024
This week’s chart shows labor force participation rates in the U.S., Eurozone, and UK. Each market is continuing toexperience tightness with different underlying drivers. Remarkably, the U.S. has added 2.8 million jobs (1.8%growth) in the past year without a reacceleration in wage growth.… Read More
Last week’s initial estimates of 1Q24 GDP revealed a complex picture. At the start of the year, expectations were setfor gradual declines in growth and inflation. However, the data showed a sharp deceleration in headline growth whileinflation, as measured by the personal consumption expenditures price index (PCE), accelerated on a quarter-to quarter basis.… Read More
Recent economic data have continued to underscore the strength of the U.S. economy, and we anticipate GDP grewby 2.2% annualized during the first quarter. While this would be a deceleration relative to last quarter, above trend growthshould help prevent a meaningful slowdown in profit growth.… Read More
With Tax Day on April 15, it’s a good time to explore the relationship between the stock market and taxes and particularly how big capital gains tax payments may impact the stock market. This week’s chart shows an interesting trend: capital gains tax revenues tend to spike in fiscal years when the market undergoes significant sell-offs.… Read More
Last week, gold prices broke above $2,300 per ounce for the first time ever. Gold prices have been climbing for anumber of reasons, among which may be more hope for a soft landing and upcoming rate cuts in the U.S. This isbecause the opportunity cost of investing in gold, which is not an income-producing asset, decreases when interestrates fall.… Read More
In 2023, stocks and bonds both rallied. The first quarter of 2024, however, saw stocks reaching new heights, whilebonds experienced a modest downturn, as the market scaled back its rate cut expectations following surprisinglystrong economic data. Download Full-Size PDF: Click Here weekly_market_recap-04-01-2024
U.S. 10-year Treasury yields have increased 34 basis points year-to-date and have remained above 4% since earlyFebruary. Yet over the same period, stocks have rallied 10%. At first glance, this dynamic may seem counterintuitive,because high and rising interest rates are typically associated with weaker equity market performance.… Read More
After the U.S. economy’s impressive 4% annualized growth in the second half of 2023, investors are searching for cluesas to whether this strong momentum will persist into 2024. For much of this quarter, the closely watched Atlanta FedGDPNow model has forecasted growth of at or above 3%.… Read More