Weekly Brief Sheet - 11/04/22

Updated: Apr 11

Provides a market round up, a selection of useful data points we use for our investment analysis, and some interesting articles/charts we have noticed recently.


Wall Street closed its first losing week in the last four with an up-and-down session as investors brace for the Federal Reserve to tighten the brakes on the economy more aggressively to beat down inflation.


Big tech stocks once again led the market lower, and the S&P 500 fell 1.3 per cent, to 4,488.28 after wobbling much of the week.


Investors learned this week that the Fed may hike short-term rates by double the usual amount at several upcoming meetings, and that it came close to doing so last month.


The last time that happened was in 2000. The Fed also indicated in the minutes from its last meeting that it’s likely to shrink its massive stockpile of bonds by up to $US95 billion ($128 billion) monthly, starting as soon as next month.


In Australia, 10-year bonds yields reached 3pc for first time since 2015 despite central bankers remaining hesitant to move the base rate.


In other news the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) this month stepped up warnings to “finfluencers” — social media influencers who focus on money matters — about their legal obligations. Plus over the the weekend we also received news of the confirmed date for the federal election.


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