COVID-19 Variant Clobbers Markets
November 29, 2021
News of a new, highly virulent COVID variant triggered a market sell-off on Friday, sending stocks into negative territory for the week.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 1.97%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 slumped 2.20%. The Nasdaq Composite index lost 3.52% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, dropped 1.68%.1,2,3
Investors woke up on Black Friday to reports of a mutated COVID variant, reviving fears of potential new economic restrictions. U.S. markets were not alone, as stock prices in Europe and Asia also tumbled.
Friday’s market action saw declines in economic reopening stocks, such as travel and leisure, cyclicals, financials, and energy, while some of the so-called stay-at-home stocks and pharmaceutical stocks experienced gains. Yields retreated amid a flight to safety and the potential that this turn of events may lead to a slowdown in the Fed’s bond tapering program and a delay in contemplated rate hikes. Prior to Thanksgiving the markets had been choppy, but largely trending higher for the week, while yields had moved up with the renomination of Fed Chair Powell.
President Biden announced last week that he was renominating Jerome Powell to serve another term as chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank, ending market speculation surrounding his renomination.
President Biden cited the need for stability and independence in a time of uncertainty in making his decision. While Powell’s renomination faced resistance, Senate approval appears likely. Coincident with Powell’s renomination, President Biden also nominated Lael Brainard, a member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, to serve as vice chair. Investors can soon expect further Fed nominations by the Biden Administration to fill vacancies created by term expirations and retirements.
This Week: Key Economic Data
Tuesday: Consumer Confidence.
Wednesday: ADP (Automated Data Processing) Employment Report. ISM (Institute for Supply Management) Manufacturing Index.
Thursday: Jobless Claims.
Friday: Employment Situation. Factory Orders.
Source: Econoday, November 26, 2021
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: Salesforce.com, Inc. (CRM), Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (HPE).
Wednesday: Okta, Inc. (OKTA), Snowflake, Inc. (SNOW), CrowdStrike (CRWD).
Thursday: Marvell Technology, Inc. (MRVL), Dollar General (DG), The Kroger Co. (KR), DocuSign (DOCU).
Source: Zacks, November 26, 2021
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.
Protect Your Financial Safety in Case of a Natural Disaster
No matter where you live, you should be aware of possible natural disasters in your area and plan accordingly by considering the following tax tips:
- Update your emergency plan.
- Create electronic copies of all important documents.
- Document your valuables. Documenting these items ahead of time makes it easier to claim insurance and tax benefits if a disaster strikes.
- You can call the IRS at 866-562-5227 with any natural disaster-related questions. The agency can provide copies of previous tax returns, order transcripts showing most line items, and more.
- Net personal, casualty, and theft losses may be deductible if they’re attributable to a federally declared disaster. 4
* 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.
The Scale Isn’t Everything: More-Comprehensive Ways to Measure Your Health
Put the scale away for a little while and try these techniques to focus on your overall health, rather than just a number:
- Keep a journal and track your healthy habits, such as working out or eating veggies with every meal. Celebrate these small victories!
- Take progress photos and compare them throughout your journey. Take your photos in the same pose, wearing the same outfit, at the same time every week (preferably in the morning before you’ve had breakfast).
- Check in on other parts of your health, such as your energy levels, skin, tummy health, and more. Developing a healthy routine does so much more for your body than just lower the number on the scale.
These are just a few of the ways you can check in with yourself on your fitness and wellness journey without the scale.5
Roasted Winter Squash Soup
Time: 40 minutes
- 2 lbs. butternut or other seasonal squash or pumpkin, seeds removed, cubed and peeled if needed.
- 4 Tbsp. olive oil
- ½ cup cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 stalks celery, chopped
- 1 medium carrot, chopped
- 2 apples, core removed and rough chopped
- 3 tsp ground ginger
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp five spice powder
- ¼ tsp (scant) ground nutmeg
- 2-32 0z containers vegetable stock, or homemade
- (kosher) Sea Salt
- Fresh ground pepper
- Crusty Bread- toasted for serving
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment.
- Combine cider vinegar, sugar and a pinch of salt in a small sauce pan and simmer until reduced by half. Set aside.
- Toss cubed squash with 2 Tbsp. olive oil, spread on the prepared baking sheets, season with salt and pepper and roast until edges are caramelized, about 30 minutes.
- While squash is roasting, preheat a heavy bottomed pot over medium heat. Adjust to medium low and add 2 Tbsp. olive oil and onion. Sauté and allow onion to “melt” over low heat, about 5-8minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add spices and stir to coat. Add carrot and celery, raise heat to medium and sauté until sweating, then add apple and cook until fragrant and slightly tender.
- Add squash to pot, stir to combine and add vegetable stock. Bring to a simmer.
- Working in batches, purée mixture in a high performance blender until creamy and smooth. Be careful while blending hot ingredients. I remove the lid plug and replace it with a clean dish towel to allow steam to safely escape and avoid splattering while blending.
- Return soup to pot and bring to a simmer. Add cider vinegar reduction, stir to combine. Adjust salt and pepper to suit taste. 6
Footnotes and Sources
1. The Wall Street Journal, November 26, 2021
2. The Wall Street Journal, November 26, 2021
3. The Wall Street Journal, November 26, 2021
4. IRS.gov, January 22, 2021
5. Daily Burn, June 24, 2021
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