Nothing new here. We figured the 4th quarter would be choppy, and so far, it has not disappointed. We began with an excellent upward lift that was short-lived and a reminder to stick to the data and not the narrative.
The FED is likely to continue rate increases with one, possibly two more by year's end and another series of them slated for 2023. The FED is attempting to lower inflation rates from 8.26% to 2% by 2025. The question in hand is will that happen without some difficult times ahead? We're not sure.
Due in large part to Roe v. Wade earlier this year, the midterm elections are moving away from being a favored republican route and toward a split. Still way too early to be counting votes yet on this one. As the year concludes, the conventional recession—which the FED earlier wanted to downplay—is also inching closer. The FED is unsure of how we can prevent this recession at this point.
Last week we read that 50% of CEOs are claiming to be preparing to lay off in the next six months and are likely to begin with remote workers. We saw in September that the US employment growth slowed down for the first time in a while. We think that rather than focusing on the employee's location, CEOs are more likely to consider whether or not the person is essential to the operation of the business or department. It was interesting to acknowledge concerns about the recession and its direct impact on employees. Up until recently, Wall Street wasn't pricing in a recession at all yet.
September saw the NASDAQ start at 11,707 and finish Friday at 10,589, down 9.55%. For the DOW, it was similar at a -6.35% decline and a -7.55% decline for the S&P 500 index as well. Yes, September was not a relaxing month. We may dip further before we reach the point of satisfaction when we can start looking for some possibilities that are too good to pass up. Right now, we are hovering around our June lows. We wait until the time comes and exercise patience, however challenging it may be for some of us.
The narrative is likely to grow scarier and more negative as we progress through the year's end.
As always, remember:
• Do not let it hijack your emotions. If need be, TURN THE NOISE OFF.
• Keep calm; remember, we have been here before and have set new historic highs afterward, see below. This time will not be different.
Check your sources and understand that Summit follows the data, not the narrative. When developing your portfolio, we don't focus much on an interview, a talking head, or even political headlines. We focus on the culmination of data points and the conclusions we might derive from correlating those points.
Summit is prepared and we have adjusted portfolios and accounts where they are supposed to be right now. We are pleased to inform you that the data indicates that this bear market cycle may be closer to its conclusion than its beginning.
Till we speak again, enjoy the beautiful fall weather, it makes for great bonfires & smores.
A powerful two-day stock rebound cemented a positive week for investors as a new trading month began.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.99%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 added 1.51%. The Nasdaq Composite index increased 0.73% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, gained 3.42%.1,2,3
Stocks Start Strongly
Stocks opened the week posting their best two-day rally since March 2020, as the U.K. prime minister’s decision to reverse a tax cut proposal that had upended financial markets the previous week lifted investors.4
Falling yields further lifted investor enthusiasm, as did new economic data indicating a cooling economy. Losses in the last two days erased much of the gains as concerns about higher rates and recession once again moved front and center. The selling pressure was due to a stream of hawkish comments by Fed officials and labor market data that suggested the Fed would likely stick with its rate-hike plans.
A Mixed Labor Picture
Employment-related reports offered conflicting signals on the state of the labor market. In a sign of cooling, the number of open jobs in August fell 10%, while a subsequent report from Automated Data Processing (ADP) showed continued labor market strength. ADP reported private employers added a higher-than-anticipated 208,000 jobs in September, and annual wages rose 7.8% from a year ago.5,6
Jobless claims rose to 219,000, up from the previous week’s 190,000 and in line with 2019’s average. September’s employment report showed that employers added 263,000 jobs–slightly lower than expectations. The combination of new hiring and lower labor force participation led to a drop in the unemployment rate to 3.5%.7,8
This Week: Key Economic Data
Wednesday: Producer Price Index (PPI). Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) Meeting Minutes.
Thursday: Consumer Price Index (CPI). Jobless Claims.
Friday: Retail Sales.
Source: Econoday, October 7, 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
Wednesday: Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL), PepsiCo, Inc. (PEP).
Thursday: Wells Fargo & Company (WFC), Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (WBA), BlackRock, Inc. (BLK).
Friday: JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), UnitedHealth Group, Inc. (UNH), Citigroup, Inc. (C), Morgan Stanley (MS), The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (PNC), U.S. Bancorp (USB).
Source: Zacks, October 7, 2022
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“All of us have to learn how to invent our lives, make them up, imagine them. We need to be taught these skills; we need guides to show us how. If we don't, our lives get made up for us by other people.”
– Ursula K. Le Guin
Essential Tax Reminders for People Selling a Home
If you’re selling your home, you may be able to exclude all or part of any gain from the sale when filing your tax return. To see if you are eligible for this benefit, you have to consider:
• The home’s ownership and use: Over five years, ending on the date of the sale, the homeowner must have owned the house and lived in it as their main home for at least two years.
• Any gains: Taxpayers who sell their primary home and gain from the sale may be able to exclude up to $250,000 of that gain from their income. The exclusion increases to $500,000 for a married couple filing jointly.
• Mortgage debt: Generally, if your mortgage debt was forgiven or canceled, such as in the case of a foreclosure, you have to report this forgiven debt as income on your tax return.
* 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.
Tip adapted from IRS.gov9
What is Percussive Therapy?
If you’ve ever had a hard workout or gone on a long hike, you know how tight your muscles can get. There are many ways to help alleviate this soreness, from foam rolling to stretching. Percussive therapy is another option to help soothe sore muscles.
Percussive therapy uses a massage gun that rapidly strikes the sore muscle with varying pressure. Percussive therapy devices include names like Theragun, Hypervolt, and a handful of others.
This therapy aims to increase blood flow to the sore muscles to speed up recovery and limit soreness. It is the same idea as deep tissue massages; you glide a percussive massage gun device over sore muscles. Different guns come with various attachments and levels of pressure.
Tip adapted from Greatist10
A man leaves home and makes three left turns. He comes home again and sees two masked men waiting for him, but he jogs straight toward them with a smile as others cheer. Why is this man so unafraid?
Last week’s riddle: Seven people stand in a square room which measures 30' x 30'. Each one can see the entire room and everyone in it without making any physical movement (aside from eye movement). Where inside this room can you place an apple so that all but one person can see it? Answer: Place the apple atop one person's head.
Crater Lake, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon.
Footnotes and Sources
1. The Wall Street Journal, October 7, 2022
2. The Wall Street Journal, October 7, 2022
3. The Wall Street Journal, October 7, 2022
4. CNBC, October 3, 2022
5. The Wall Street Journal, October 4, 2022
6. CNBC, October 5, 2022
7. The Wall Street Journal, October 6, 2022
8. CNBC, October 7, 2022
9. IRS.gov, May 19, 2022
10. Greatist.com, May 26, 2022
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