Weekly Economic Update: May 2nd 2022

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May 2nd, 2022

Author: SteelPeak Wealth –  Institute of Portfolio Management


The Fed Reserve meets this week to take the next step to rein in inflation. Futures markets are pricing in a 50bps rate increase this week and additional 50bps increases at the June and July meetings. If the Fed hikes rates at the pace the market expects, this will be the fastest hiking cycle since the late 1970s when Paul Volcker served as Fed Chair. Equity markets were mostly flat through Thursday of last week. However, on Friday the release of the Employment Cost Index showed an increase in wage pressures which contributed to further fears of inflation. Interest rates rose sharply, and the stock market sold off in response to the report. 

During the Fed’s forthcoming press conference this week, Chair Jay Powell will have an opportunity to ease investor anxiety about persistent inflation and significantly higher interest rates. Futures markets are pricing in more rate increases than the Fed has previously communicated, which leaves some room for Powell to deliver a message that could be seen as favorable by markets. 

The S&P 500 is down 14% from its all-time high on January 3rd. Corrections like the one we are experiencing can but painful, but they are not rare. In fact, since 1980, the average intra-year decline for the S&P 500 has been 14%. The chart below shows the intra-year drawdown and the full year return for each year. Corrections are a normal function of healthy markets. 


While the chart above is meant to show the variation in returns and drawdowns from one year to the next, what is doesn’t illustrate is the power of compounding over a long period of time. The chart below shows the cumulative growth of the S&P 500 over the same period, since 1980. Historically, the market has rewarded those investors who can stay the course through good times and corrections.

While the above charts focused on the S&P 500, the below market dashboard shows returns across US and international stocks, as well as bonds and select commodities. Diversifying across international equities and bonds hasn’t helped much during the current correction. Except for energy and some high dividend US stocks, most markets are down since the start of the year. This is not unusual during corrections and shouldn’t been seen as a sign that diversification does not work.

The current correction has now reached the average depth of corrections experienced over the last 40 years. This is not the time to make wholesale changes to investment plans. When the market does bottom, it is common for those parts of the market that are down the most to bounce back the fastest.

T I P   O F   T H E   W E E K

If you’re a new parent, you have 18 years to save for your child’s college education. Start now because who knows what college may cost by then.



Monday: Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Manufacturing Index.

Tuesday: Factory Orders. Job Openings and Turnover Survey (JOLTS).

Wednesday: Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) Announcement. Automated Data Processing (ADP) Employment Report. Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Services Index.

Thursday: Jobless Claims.

Friday: Employment Situation.

Source: Econoday, April 29, 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.



Tuesday: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD), Pfizer, Inc. (PFE), Starbucks Corporation (SBUX), Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC), Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (SWKS), Prudential Financial, Inc. (PRU).

Wednesday: CVS Health Corporation (CVS), Twilio, Inc. (TWLO), Fortinet, Inc. (FTNT), eBay, Inc. (EBAY), Booking Holdings, Inc. (BKNG), Match Group, Inc. (MTCH).

Thursday: Block, Inc. (SQ), Illumina, Inc. (ILMN), Shopify, Inc. (SHOP), Pioneer Natural Resources Company (PXD), ConocoPhillips (COP), AnheuserBusch InBev (BUD), Albemarle Corporation (ALB), Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (VRTX), Kellogg Company (K), Air Products and Chemicals (APD).

Source: Zacks, April 29, 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.


Q U O T E   O F   T H E   W E E K


“For life: It is rather a determination not to be overwhelmed. For work: The truth can only be recalled, never invented.”







T H E   W E E K L Y   R I D D L E

What is the number missing within this sequence? 4, 7, 11, 18, 29, 47, __, 123, 199, 322.

LAST WEEK’S RIDDLE: Wilson, Xavier, Yolanda, and Zach are standing in line at the market. See if you can figure out their order from these clues: Yolanda is between Wilson and Xavier, Zach is next to Wilson, and Xavier is not first.

ANSWER: Zach is first, Wilson is second, Yolanda is third, and Xavier is fourth.


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1. The Wall Street Journal, April 29, 2022
2. The Wall Street Journal, April 29, 2022
3. The Wall Street Journal, April 29, 2022
4. CNBC, April 28, 2022