A higher-than-expected inflation report triggered a sell-off on Friday, leaving stocks in the red for the week.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 4.58%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 dropped 5.05%. The Nasdaq Composite index slid 5.60% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, declined 1.81%.1,2,3
Inflation Upends Stocks
Stocks gyrated between gains and losses last week until sliding lower on Friday’s hot inflation report, which heightened worries over a more aggressive Fed and a further economic slowdown. Stocks moved higher to begin the week, despite rising bond yields, a profit warning from a major retailer, and Senate testimony by Secretary of Treasury Janet Yellen, who said that inflation was likely to remain elevated.
Stocks turned lower later in the week on renewed concerns of an economic slowdown, sparked by a downward revision in The Federal Reserve-Atlanta’s real-time estimate of second-quarter GDP growth and a drop in new mortgage applications. Investors lightening up on stocks ahead of Friday’s inflation report may have also contributed to Thursday’s selling.
Consumer prices rose 8.6% year-over-year in May, marking the highest rate since December 1981. Price increases over the last 12 months were driven by a 34.6% jump in energy prices and by food costs, which climbed 10.1%. Used car and truck prices, which had seen three straight months of declines, rose 1.8% from April, while airfares soared 12.6% in May.4
May’s inflation exceeded economists’ forecasts and dashed the hopes that inflation had plateaued. In a separate economic report on Friday, real wages (net of inflation) fell 0.6% in April and were lower by 3% from 12 months ago.5
This Week: Key Economic Data
Tuesday: Producer Price Index.
Wednesday: Retail Sales. FOMC Announcement.
Thursday: Jobless Claims. Housing Starts.
Friday: Industrial Production. Index of Leading Economic Indicators.
Source: Econoday, June 10, 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
Thursday: Adobe, Inc. (ADBE), The Kroger Co. (KR).
Source: Zacks, June 10, 2022
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A Checklist of Common Errors When Preparing Your Tax Return
Properly preparing your tax return can be tricky, but here are some tips to help you avoid common errors:
- Submitting your tax return online ensures greater accuracy than mailing it in. The e-file system can detect common errors and send your filing back to you for you to correct, saving you a ton of time in processing and delays.
- Make sure to clearly print or type your full name, taxpayer identification number or SSN, and current address (including zip code).
- Choose only one correct filing status.
- Enter your income on the correct lines and include a Form 1040 to declare additional income and adjustments as needed.
- Put brackets around negative amounts.
- Keep a copy of the signed return and schedules for your records.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.
What is Mindfulness?
You may have heard various definitions of mindfulness here and there or have your own ideas about what it is. Do you completely clear your mind? Is there more to it?
Interestingly, mindfulness is as simple as it sounds. It refers to the state of being fully present in where you are and what you’re doing. You can practice mindfulness as you're driving, as you’re walking your dog, or as you’re playing with your children. It’s practicing being in the here and now and not letting your mind take you out of the present moment. These obsessive thoughts can lead to anxiety and stress.
To practice mindfulness, take a simple activity, like drinking your cup of coffee, and think about every sensation you’re experiencing. It takes practice but is worth it to improve your mental strength!7
Total Time: 1hr
For the Cherry Filling:
- 5 cups sweet or sour cherries pitted (about 4 3/4 pounds); fresh or frozen and thawed
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
For the Topping:
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1/3 whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup lightly packed brown sugar (light or dark)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick) melted
- Vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or yogurt for serving.
Place rack in the center of oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9×9-inch pan or 11×7-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
Prepare the filling: In a large bowl, gently stir together the cherries, granulated sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, vanilla, and almond. Pour into the prepared baking dish in an even layer (add any juices that collect on the bottom of the bowl too).
Prepare the topping: In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Pour in the melted butter, then stir until the mixture is combined and evenly moistened. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the cherries. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the filling is bubbly and topping is golden. Let stand 10 minutes. Serve warm topped with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, or yogurt.
Footnotes and Sources
1. The Wall Street Journal, June 10, 2022
2. The Wall Street Journal, June 10, 2022
3. The Wall Street Journal, June 10, 2022
4. CNBC, June 10, 2022
5. CNBC, June 10, 2022
6. IRS.gov, January 3, 2021
7. Mindful.org, July 8, 2020
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