Category: Monthly Economic Update


Monthly Economic Update March, 2022

Monthly Economic Update March, 2022

MONTHLY ECONOMIC UPDATE    In this month’s recap: Stocks dropped as escalating tensions in Eastern Europe upended the market. U S  M A R K E T S Escalating tensions in Eastern Europe upended markets in February, sending stocks lower for the month. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 3.53 percent while the Standard &  … Read more

Monthly Economic Update February, 2022

Monthly Economic Update February, 2022

MONTHLY ECONOMIC UPDATE    In this month’s recap: Stocks fell as rising bond yields, elevated inflation, and a hawkish-sounding Fed took turns rattling investor confidence. U S  M A R K E T S Rising yields, elevated inflation, and a hawkish-sounding Fed took turns rattling the stock market in January, with technology- heavy Nasdaq particularly  … Read more

Monthly Economic Update January, 2022

Monthly Economic Update January, 2022

MONTHLY ECONOMIC UPDATE    In this month’s recap: Stocks rally as early data suggests the health impact of Omicron was less severe than initially feared. U S  M A R K E T S Stocks rallied in December as early data suggested that the health impact of the Omicron variant was less severe than initially  … Read more

Monthly Economic Update December, 2021

Monthly Economic Update December, 2021

MONTHLY ECONOMIC UPDATE    In this month’s recap: Reports of a new COVID-19 variant blindsided markets as a wave of late selling erased the month’s earlier gains.   U S  M A R K E T S Reports of a new COVID-19 variant in late November roiled markets as a wave of selling erased the  … Read more

Monthly Economic Update November, 2021

Monthly Economic Update November, 2021

MONTHLY ECONOMIC UPDATE    In this month’s recap: Stock prices notched solid gains as a strong start to the corporate earnings season fired up investors.   U S  M A R K E T S A strong corporate earnings season renewed investor enthusiasm for stocks and propelled the market to healthy gains in October. The  … Read more

Monthly Economic Update October, 2021

Monthly Economic Update October, 2021

MONTHLY ECONOMIC UPDATE    In this month’s recap: Stocks hit some turbulence, turning cautious amid slowing economic growth, and policy debate in Washington.   U. S.  M A R K E T S The stock market hit a pocket of turbulence in September, with investors turning cautious amid Delta variant infections, slowing economic growth and  … Read more

Monthly Economic Update September, 2021

Monthly Economic Update September, 2021

U.S. Markets Signs of an improving labor market, strong corporate earnings, and more clarity from the Fed on its tapering plans propelled stocks to multiple record highs during August. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.22 percent while the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose 2.90 percent. The Nasdaq Composite led, picking up 4.00 percent.1  … Read more

Monthly Economic Update August, 2021

Monthly Economic Update August, 2021

U.S. Markets Last month, the stock market posted a solid gain, overcoming investors’ fears of higher inflation and an increase in COVID-19 cases. The Dow Jones Industrial Average picked up 1.25 percent, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index gained 2.27 percent. The Nasdaq lagged, climbing 1.16 percent.1 A Wall of Worry Climbing a wall  … Read more

Monthly Economic Update July, 2021

Monthly Economic Update July, 2021

U.S. Markets Stocks moved higher last month as investors looked past accelerating inflation and the Fed’s pivot on monetary policy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 0.07 percent, but the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose 2.22 percent. The Nasdaq Composite led, gaining 5.49 percent.1 Solid Earnings Stock prices moved erratically throughout May as investors  … Read more

Monthly Economic Update June, 2021

Monthly Economic Update June, 2021

U.S. Markets Stocks traded in a narrow range in May, with technology and other high-valuation companies under selling pressure. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 1.93 percent while the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose 0.55% percent. The Nasdaq Composite, home for many technology and high-growth companies, dropped 1.53 percent.1 Solid Earnings Stock prices moved  … Read more