MONETARY POLICY Fed Chair Powell said in a speech during his senate confirmation that the economy is ready for tighter monetary policy.
Given the angst about higher inflation, the Fed is compelled to tighten rates to attempt to lessen inflationary pressures.
MARKETS The Nasdaq has struggled to start the year, as investors adjust to a pivot in Federal Reserve policy. Higher interest rates may make earnings in future years less valuable in today’s dollars, sending share prices down as a result.
INTEREST RATES Interest rates have spiked to start 2022, as investors sell bonds in anticipation of a more aggressive Fed.
RETAIL SALES The November jobs report showed a slight rebound in the economy as the jobless rate fell to 4.2%.
JOBS Workers quit their jobs at a record rate in November 2021. The “Great Resignation” has led to more people leaving their jobs due to increased mobility in the job market.
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