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The Bottom Line

● Global equities continued their selloff for the week as market participants digested hawkish statements from Federal Reserve officials.
● As equities sold off, yields jumped for a second week in a row. The yield on the 10-Year US Treasury Note rose by + 30bps and the yield on the 2-Year was up +28bps for the week.
● Economic data for the week showed that labor markets stumbled with initial jobless claims rising by more than expected and inflation came in line with expectations, but reached a 39-year high, as measured by the CPI. On the other hand, prices for producers showed signs of softening with PPI rising by less than expectations.

Equities Continue Their Selloff

Global equities sold off for the week as investors priced in a combination of slowing global growth as well as a hawkish US Federal Reserve. Domestic equities spent most of the week up slightly, but after inflation readings on Wednesday and comments from Federal Reserve officials promising to “aggressively combat” rising inflation over the year, they turned deeply negative on Thursday. Most major US indices were able to eek out a positive day at the end of the week, but buyers and sellers battled throughout the day. The S&P 500 was down -1.33% for the week and Small Cap equities, as measured by the Russell 2000, were down -3.53%. The tech heavy Nasdaq Composite took on most of the selling pressure, down -4.85% for the week. International markets faired slightly better for the week but were negative overall. Japanese equities, as measured by the Nikkei-225, were down -2.34% for the week and European equities, as measured by the STOXX Europe 600, were down more modestly at -0.38% for the week. Inflation and the Fed’s future monetary policy look to be the main theme for the start of the year and may steal headlines for upcoming corporate earnings.

Digits & Did You Knows

HAS NEVER BEEN LESS –5 states (Georgia, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Utah, and West Virginia) recorded their lowest unemployment rates ever in November 2021. State jobless rates have been tracked nationwide since 1976. (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, BTN Research).
NECESSARY SKILLS –Utah has the top financial literacy requirement for its high school students of any of the 50 US states. Utah requires all of its high school students to take a half-year course dedicated to personal finance, and then to take a final exam administered by the state. Ohio is the latest US state to add some form of financial literacy instruction at the high school level, effective 01/27/2022. (source: Champlain College Inc. , BTN Research).

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