Table of Contents
Stocks closed lower for the week as escalating tensions on the Russian-Ukrainian border added to existing jitters over higher inflation and a pending tightening of monetary policy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 1.90%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 declined 1.58%. The Nasdaq Composite index lost 1.76% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, fell 1.00%.1,2,3
Markets have been skittish in recent weeks due to persistent, elevated inflation and the uncertainty over how aggressive the Federal Reserve may be with its monetary tightening. As tensions escalated between Russia and the West over a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine, investors moved away from risk assets, such as stocks, and sought the safety of U.S. Treasury bonds.
Stocks were hard hit on Thursday as reports surfaced that both sides were exchanging artillery fire. The slide continued on Friday as prospects of a diplomatic offramp appeared to dim. While geopolitical news dominated trading last week, investors were relieved by the Federal Open Market Committee meeting minutes (released on Wednesday) that suggested the Fed may not act any more aggressively than current market expectations.4
An Early Economic Snapshot
Last week three economic reports provided an update on the state of the economy. The first was the Producer Price Index, which suggested that inflationary pressures remain acute. Wholesale prices rose 1.0% last month and posted a 12-month rise of 9.7%, the latter of which was near a record high.4
The consumer showed continued strength as retail sales rose a better-than-expected 3.8%, though some of that gain may be due to higher costs. Meanwhile, industrial production gained 1.4%, nearly triple the consensus expectation. Capacity utilization increased 1.0 percent, reaching its highest level since March 2019.5
This Week: Key Economic Data
Tuesday: Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) Flash. Consumer Confidence.
Thursday: Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Jobless Claims. New Home Sales.
Friday: Consumer Sentiment. Durable Goods Orders.
Source: Econoday, February 18, 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
Tuesday: The Home Depot, Inc. (HD), Palo Alto Networks, Inc. (PANW), Agilent Technologies, Inc. (A).
Wednesday: Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (LOW), The TJX Companies, Inc. (TJX), eBay, Inc. (EBAY), Booking Holdings, Inc. (BKNG).
Thursday: Block, Inc. (SQ), Dell Technologies, Inc. (DELL), VMware, Inc. (VMW), Ingersoll Rand, Inc. (IR), AnheuserBusch InBev (BUD).
Friday: Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. (BRK.B), EOG Resources, Inc. (EOG).
Source: Zacks, February 18, 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.
Get Your Financial Planning in Shape!
Join us at our upcoming events.
We can help you save, invest and reach your financial goals!
Do you have “Lazy Money” not earning anything?
You know that feeling of finding money in your couch cushions or your pants pocket? That instant satisfaction and surprise of feeling just a bit richer?
Well, prepare yourself for some good news – most of us have some excess cash that deserves some TLC. Perhaps it’s excess cash in the bank that’s not earning much of anything, an old 401(k) you keep meaning to check in on, or money you inherited that you haven’t gotten around to figuring out what to do with it.
Our wealth management team can help you review your Fiscal House to see where it makes the most sense to get this “lazy money” off the couch and back to work! All we need is 15-minutes (or less) of your time to share our ideas with you.
Click here to see our calendar and connect with us for a 15-minute call to discuss your lazy money strategy.
Does Your Portfolio Fit Your Retirement Lifestyle?
Most portfolios are constructed based on an individual’s investment objective, risk tolerance, and time horizon. However, as a retiree, how you choose to live in retirement may be an additional factor to consider when building your portfolio.
Click here to see our calendar and connect with us to discuss your retirement readiness!
Are You Paying Too Much in Taxes in Retirement?
For most of your working life, you’ve been in an accumulation phase — gathering and growing assets to be used to support you in your later years.
During retirement, however, you move to a different mindset as you transition into a distribution phase. Planning for the distribution phase includes a shift in perspective as you work toward preserving the assets you spent so many years building.
The key to preserving your assets is to develop a smart distribution strategy, one that accounts for many things — including the taxes you’ll owe in retirement. At SFG, we do more than just investment planning, our Stuart Retirement Review® process is comprehensive and tax planning is one of the 5-key areas we plan for!
Click here to see our calendar and connect with us for a 15-minute call with our team.
Let us help you develop your plan. Schedule to connect with us using one of the links above or give us a call at 301-345-1635.
“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
Beware of the Fake Charity Scam
There are so many scams out there and one of the most heartless is taking advantage of people who want to give money to a legitimate charity, especially after a tragedy or disaster. Scammers can set up fake organizations to take advantage of people’s generosity.
These scams are usually over the phone and while the organization may sound legitimate, the person on the other line might be demanding a donation right away. Remember, a charity will be happy to receive a donation at any time so you shouldn’t feel pressured.
You can research charity organizations using the IRS Tax Exempt Organization Search tool. This will help you narrow down a list of legitimate charities. You may even be able to claim a deduction 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.gov6
How to Understand Your Blood Pressure Readings
It’s important to understand what your blood pressure readings mean, especially if you are at a greater risk for high blood pressure. Here are the ranges you should know, according to the American Heart Association:
- Normal ranges are less than 120 for systolic mmHg (the top number in the reading) and less than 80 for diastolic mmHg (the lower number)
- Elevated ranges are 120-129 systolic and less than 80 diastolic
- High blood pressure (hypertension) stage 1 ranges are 130-139 systolic or 80-89 diastolic
- High blood pressure (hypertension) stage 2 ranges are 140 or higher systolic or 90 or higher diastolic
- Hypertensive crisis (a medical emergency) ranges are higher than 180 for systolic and/or higher than 120 diastolic
Tip adapted from the American Heart Association7
You go in through one hole, you come out through three holes. Once you’re inside you’re ready to go outside, but once you’re outside you’re still inside. What is it?
Last week’s riddle: What is the smallest number of cars that can be driven down the road in this formation: two cars ahead of a car, two cars behind a car, and a car between two cars? Answer: Three cars. One car in front, one in the middle, and one behind.
Share the Wealth of Knowledge. We love being introduced!
- The Wall Street Journal, February 18, 2022
- The Wall Street Journal, February 18, 2022
- The Wall Street Journal, February 18, 2022
- CNBC, February 15, 2022
- CNBC, February 16, 2022
- IRS.gov, July 28, 2021
- Heart.org, September 30, 2021
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.
The forecasts or forward-looking statements are based on assumptions, may not materialize, and are subject to revision without notice.
The market indexes discussed are unmanaged, and generally, considered representative of their respective markets. Index performance is not indicative of the past performance of a particular investment. Indexes do not incur management fees, costs, and expenses. Individuals cannot directly invest in unmanaged indexes. Past performance does not guarantee future results.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average is an unmanaged index that is generally considered representative of large-capitalization companies on the U.S. stock market. Nasdaq Composite is an index of the common stocks and similar securities listed on the NASDAQ stock market and is considered a broad indicator of the performance of technology and growth companies. The MSCI EAFE Index was created by Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) and serves as a benchmark of the performance of major international equity markets, as represented by 21 major MSCI indexes from Europe, Australia, and Southeast Asia. The S&P 500 Composite Index is an unmanaged group of securities that are considered to be representative of the stock market in general.
U.S. Treasury Notes are guaranteed by the federal government as to the timely payment of principal and interest. However, if you sell a Treasury Note prior to maturity, it may be worth more or less than the original price paid. Fixed income investments are subject to various risks including changes in interest rates, credit quality, inflation risk, market valuations, prepayments, corporate events, tax ramifications and other factors.
International investments carry additional risks, which include differences in financial reporting standards, currency exchange rates, political risks unique to a specific country, foreign taxes and regulations, and the potential for illiquid markets. These factors may result in greater share price volatility.
Please consult your financial professional for additional information.
This content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The information in this material is not intended as tax or legal advice. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. This material was developed and produced by FMG Suite to provide information on a topic that may be of interest. FMG is not affiliated with Stuart Financial Group, J.W. Cole Advisors, Inc., nor state or SEC-registered investment advisory firm. The opinions expressed and material provided are for general information, and they should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security.
Copyright 2021 FMG Suite.