Stocks dropped on Friday following Powell's remarks reiterating the Fed's inflation-fighting resolve. While his comments did not break new ground, markets reacted severely, perhaps on worries that interest rate hikes may continue into next year.
After starting the week sharply lower on renewed rising interest rates and economic slowdown fears, markets staged a modest turnaround beginning mid-week. Stocks rallied on Thursday, sparked by a revised Gross Domestic Product estimate showing the economy's shrinking less than initially estimated. Thursday's rally also got a boost from regional Federal Reserve Bank presidents, who suggested future rate hikes may be in line with market expectations.
U.S. equities were negative on the week with the S&P 500 Index down -4.02%.
Domestically, smaller sized companies outperformed their larger counterparts as the Russell 2000 index declined -2.93%.
International stocks outperformed domestic stocks with MSCI EAFE down -1.91%.
Emerging market stocks were better than developed with the MSCI EM index up +0.54%.
U.S. bonds were negative as Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond index was down -0.36% for the week.
MADE A LOT OF MONEY - Probably my favorite bullet of all-time was the 53/47 split between “up” and “down” trading days in the US stock market over the last 50 years (1972-2021), and the realization that in spite of the near “every-other-day” volatility, the S&P 500 still generated an +11.1% per year return (source: BTN Research).
LUCK PLAYS A PART - The bullet that had me shaking my head every year when I updated it compared the fortunes (or misfortunes) of 2 retiring individuals exactly 9 years apart in age. The first person with $1 million invested 100% in the S&P 500 as of 1/01/1973 who was withdrawing an inflation-adjusted $100,000 per year would be out of money in just 9 years, i.e., as of 12/31/1981. The very next day, a 2nd person also with $1 million invested in the S&P 500 as of 1/01/1982 who is withdrawing an inflation-adjusted $100,000 per year would have $7.72 million remaining after 40 years, i.e., as of 12/31/2021 (source: BTN Research).
THINK DIFFERENTLY - Humans are predisposed to “straight-line” their future expectations. E.g., when the stock market is on a bull run, many investors (and advisors) see their good fortune continuing unabated. Conversely, when the stock market is in a bear market fall, many investors (and advisors) can’t see the rout ever ending. Both assumptions are wrong.
Reprinted with permission from BTN. Copyright © 2022 Michael A. Higley.
 Data obtained from Bloomberg as of 8/26/2022
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