Powell comments spur sell-off on Wall Street

Powell comments spur sell-off on Wall Street

August 29, 2022
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A comprehensive sell-off on Friday following comments by Fed Chair Jerome Powell drove stocks to losses for the week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average tumbled 4.22%, while the Standard & Poor's 500 dropped 4.04%. The Nasdaq Composite index fell 4.44% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, lost 1.10%.1,2,3


Under Pressure

Stocks dropped on Friday following Powell's remarks reiterating the Fed's inflation-fighting resolve. While his comments did not break new ground, markets reacted severely, perhaps on worries that interest rate hikes may continue into next year.

After starting the week sharply lower on renewed rising interest rates and economic slowdown fears, markets staged a modest turnaround beginning mid-week. Stocks rallied on Thursday, sparked by a revised Gross Domestic Product estimate showing the economy's shrinking less than initially estimated. Thursday's rally also got a boost from regional Federal Reserve Bank presidents, who suggested future rate hikes may be in line with market expectations.

Powell at Jackson Hole

In his much-anticipated speech at the Jackson Hole Economic Symposium, Powell unflinchingly reaffirmed the Fed's commitment to raising rates to lower inflation, even if it results in causing pain to individuals and businesses.

Wall Street focused on Powell's presentation in the hope it might provide greater clarity on future Fed direction, though his remarks ultimately went no further than restating past communications. Powell commented, "We are moving our policy stance purposefully to a level that will be sufficiently restrictive to return inflation to two percent." This statement may have put to rest any thoughts that the Fed would soon pivot on rate hikes.

This Week: Key Economic Data

Tuesday: Consumer Confidence. Job Openings and Turnover Survey (JOLTS).

Wednesday: Automated Data Processing (ADP) Employment Report.

Thursday: Jobless Claims. Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing Index.

Friday: Employment Situation. Factory Orders.

Source: Econoday, August 26, 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

Tuesday: Best Buy Co., Inc. (BBY), HP, Inc. (HPQ).

Thursday: Broadcom, Inc. (AVGO), Hormel Foods Corporation (HRL).

Source: Zacks, August 26, 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.


Don’t Let Volatility Fears Paralyze Your Portfolio

The market is having a technical pullback which is not to be unexpected after the rally we have seen over the last month or so. The market had its first down week after a strong rally. Macro concerns are high and there is no shortage of...[READ MORE]5

This communication is issued by Howard Capital Management, Inc. It is for informational purposes and is not an official confirmation of terms. It is not guaranteed as to accuracy, nor is it a complete statement of the financial products or markets referred to. Opinions expressed are subject to change without notice. 


   


How to Check the Status of Your Federal Tax Refund

Filing taxes has become more seamless in recent years due to e-filing. It's also easy to check the status of your refund if you anticipate one. The IRS has a tool called Where's My Refund? where taxpayers can check the status of their refund within 24 hours of the IRS acknowledging the taxpayer's e-filed return. You can also see a personalized refund date after the return is processed.

You can access the tool online on the IRS website or via their app. You will see three phases: return received, refund approved, and refund sent. The IRS recommends setting up direct deposit to receive your refund even faster. They update the tool once a day.6

* 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.


Channel Your Inner Cat and Cow

The cat-cow stretch is fantastic for your back, pelvis, neck, and more. Plus, it's simple to learn and simple to do!

First, start on the floor on all fours. Your hands should be shoulder-width apart, and your knees should be hip-width apart. You can do the cat-cow stretch on a mat or carpeted floor.

Next, inhale a deep breath, arch your back, tilt your pelvis downward, and look to the ceiling. Don't force your neck too far up.

Then, exhale a big breath and curve your back (like a scary Halloween cat). Tuck your chin into your chest and pull your pelvis up as you curve your back.

The goal is to move through these movements with your breath.7


Breakfast Fruit Crisp

Total time: 45 mins

Yield: serves 4

    Ingredients:

    • 6 Tbsp. all purpose flour
    • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
    • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
    • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
    • pinch salt
    • 1/4 cup rolled oats
    • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
    • 6-7 medium apricots, pitted and sliced (or other fruit of your choice)
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp cornstarch

    Instructions:

      1. Preheat oven to 350F.
      2. Using your hands, blend together the flour, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt until the mixture is crumbly and sandy in texture. Then mix in the oats and sliced almonds. Set aside.
      3. Toss together the sliced fruit, vanilla extract, and cornstarch, and place it into your 9-inch pie plate.
      4. Top with the crisp mixture, and bake for about 35-45 minutes until just starting to turn golden on top and the fruit is bubbling.
      5. Serve warm with a dollop of whipped cream, yogurt, or a drizzle of maple syrup.

    


    Footnotes and Sources

    1. The Wall Street Journal, August 26, 2022

    2. The Wall Street Journal, August 26, 2022

    3. The Wall Street Journal, August 26, 2022

    4. The Wall Street Journal, August 26, 2022

    5. howardcm.com, August 23, 2022

    6. IRS.gov, April 19, 2022

    7. VeryWellFit.com, May 26, 2022


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