What's some good news from your life?
It doesn't have to be big news.
- Have you had a really good meal with loved ones?
- Celebrated a milestone?
- Read a really good book?
- Completed the Pole Pedal Paddle race last weekend? (read below to hear about our good news from the race)
We ask because we want to take a moment to savor it with you.
We think the practice of appreciating the good things is essential when we're bombarded with news all day.
Here's what we’re seeing in the headlines:
- Markets are volatile.
- The economy is slowing down.1
- Many Americans are feeling pessimistic.2
Experiment: If you click over to your news of choice, what's the balance between good news and bad?
We would bet that you find mostly negative headlines.
It's easy to get sucked in by negativity. Bad news is everywhere.
It's logical to want to batten down the hatches and prepare for the worst. To give in to pessimism. But are we leaving enough room to appreciate what's good right now?
Take the economy, for example. Inflation fell for the tenth month in a row in April.3
That still means prices are higher, but if we look deeper into the data, we’ve got some small victories to celebrate. Certain categories have even seen major price decreases over the last year.
We don’t know about you, but we’re pretty happy to be paying around 18% less at the pump than we did 12 months ago.4
Here’s another bright spot: despite the slowing economy, unemployment is still near historic lows, and more folks are re-entering the workforce.5
Those are wins right now. Let's take a moment to appreciate them.
We don't know what will happen in the future. Many things will be different even a month from now.
We've been caught in a maelstrom of uncertainty and scariness over the last few years. But we're still here. Because we're strong and resilient, and that's fantastic news.
When the world looks uncertain and scary (and it often does), we recommend focusing on what's good right now. And remembering that we’re people who know how to thrive.
So, what's some good news in your life? Will you hit "reply" and share it with us? We’d like to savor it with you.
Your Eagle Wealth Team
P.S. Want to learn more about why optimism is so powerful? Check out this TED talk.
Eagle Wealth Places 3rd in Pole Pedal Paddle
We’re thrilled to report that Team Eagle Wealth earned 3rd place in the business category at this year’s Pole Pedal Paddle, and 66th overall (out of 586 entries) with a time of 2 hours, 30 minutes and 9 seconds.
Costumes are encouraged at this race, so thanks to Mat Hunnicutt’s great idea, the team sported custom socks featuring an image of Chad racing last year, sprinting to catch a woman in a tutu at the finish line.
After being teased relentlessly about "the woman in the tutu", Chad was a good sport and wore a tutu for the race this year (borrowed from his daughter). Click here to watch Chad cross the finish line for Team Eagle Wealth!
Congratulations to our racers – Hung, Mat, Matt, Ian, Brody, and Chad!
The Week on Wall Street
Stocks were mixed last week as good inflation news was offset by mounting debt ceiling concerns and rekindled regional banking fears.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 1.11%, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 slipped 0.29%. The Nasdaq Composite index rose 0.40% for the week. The MSCI EAFE index, which tracks developed overseas stock markets, fell 0.67%.1,2,3
Uncertainty Weighs On Stocks
The week got off to a quiet start as investors waited on April’s two key inflation reports scheduled for release on Wednesday and Thursday. When consumer prices rose less than forecasted, stocks broke out of their lethargy and moved higher. Stocks also got a boost on Wednesday afternoon from comments from the White House, hinting at an opening for negotiation on the debt ceiling.
Despite a substantial cooling in producer price increases, stocks turned mixed on Thursday amid a disappointing earnings report from a Dow Industrial component and new data that reignited investor anxiety over regional banks’ financial health. Stocks ended the week the way they began, largely drifting in an otherwise directionless fashion.
Inflation Pressures Ease
Consumer prices rose 4.9% year-over-year, the tenth consecutive month that the headline inflation rate has declined. This was a slight improvement over March’s 12-month increase of 5.0%. April’s monthly inflation rate was 0.4 percent, above March’s 0.1 percent rise. April’s increase was driven by higher housing, gasoline, and used car costs.4
Inflation progress extended into wholesale prices, which rose 0.2% in April–below the consensus forecast of a 0.3% rise. For the last twelve months, producer prices increased 2.3%, an improvement from last month’s 2.7% year-over-year gain and the lowest recording since January 2021.5
THE WEEK AHEAD
KEY ECONOMIC DATA
Tuesday: Retail Sales. Industrial Production
Wednesday: Housing Starts
Thursday: Existing Home Sales. Index of Leading Economic Indicators. Jobless Claims
Source: Econoday, May 12, 2023
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COMPANIES REPORTING EARNINGS
Tuesday: The Home Depot, Inc. (HD)
Wednesday: Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO), Target Corporation (TGT), The TJX Companies, Inc. (TJX)
Thursday: Walmart, Inc. (WMT), Applied Materials, Inc. (AMAT), Ross Stores, Inc. (ROST)
Friday: Deere & Company (DE)
Source: Zacks, May 12, 2023
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1. The Wall Street Journal, May 12, 2023
2. The Wall Street Journal, May 12, 2023
3. The Wall Street Journal, May 12, 2023
4. The Wall Street Journal, May 10, 2023.
5. CNBC, May 11, 2023
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