The Bottom Line
● The S&P and Nasdaq rose to record levels after Fed Chairman Powell’s comments post Jackson Hole Symposium. Small Cap equities were the biggest winner for the week, gaining +5.05% as investors went risk on.
● Treasury yields were volatile leading up to Powell’s comments but settled after his dovish tone. The 2-year yield dropped -1 bps, but the 10-year yield climbed +5 bps higher for the week.
● Economic news for the week illustrated that supply constraints haven’t abated with orders of goods still outpacing shipments and inflation and delta variant spread is still weighing on consumers’ minds.
Powell Soothes Markets
Investors were able to breathe a sigh of relief after Fed Chairman Powell’s dovish comments on Fed policy moving forward. Markets were mainly concerned over the tapering of asset purchases leading directly into a rate hike. Powell quelled these fears by clearly stating that tapering did not mean hiking. Rejuvenated by this reassurance, traders resumed a risk on mode sending the S&P and Nasdaq to record highs, the S&P ended the week up +1.52% and the Nasdaq was up +2.82%. The S&P is now at a healthy +20.06%return for 2021 thus far and the Nasdaq isn’t far behind at + 17.39% YTD. Small Cap equities were the dominant index for the week, up a whopping +5.05% for the week and + 15.31% YTD. Powell’s comments were heard far and wide with international indexes rising as well. The STOXX Europe 600 gained +0.76% for the week and is now up +18.37% for the year. Troubled Japanese equities were able to catch a bid and returned to positive territory for the year, up +2.32% for the week and now up +0.72% YTD. Yields were ripe with speculation over the Fed’s policy and its effect on the economic recovery, but ultimately, the short end of the curve fell -1 bps and the 10-year yield rose +5 bps.
Digits & Did You Knows
MONTHLY BENEFIT — 54 million Americans receive monthly Social Security retirement benefits, including retired workers, dependents of retired workers, and survivors of deceased workers. 42 million Americans receive monthly assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), aka “food stamps”. (source: SNAP, BTN Research).
AFGHANISTAN — The United States spent $2.26 trillion during its 20-year presence in Afghanistan in fighting the Taliban, rebuilding the Afghan government, and training the Afghan military. (source: Brown University, BTN Research).
SKIP THE PUMP — There are 43,600 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the USA. The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed by the Senate allocates $7.5 billion for additional charging stations.(source: DOE, BTN Research).
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