Retail Not Giving In 🛍

Retail Not Giving In

The biggest piece of economic news for the week just released, have a chance of swaying the Federal Reserve’s next decision on interest rates. Following the trend of stronger readings from both the labor market and inflation, retail sales for the month of September came in far hotter-than-expected. Retail sales for the month rose 0.7%, well above the Dow Jones estimate of 0.3%. When excluding the automobile sector, retail sales still ran at 0.6% which was greater than forecasts of 0.2%. One of the leading pieces fueling this growth in sales was gas stations, with sales growing 0.9% during the month. However, the single biggest contributor to the rise was miscellaneous store retailers, increasing by 3% through September.

With inflation in the form of the consumer-price index reaching growth of 0.4% for the same month, consumers had not only kept up with growing prices but ended up buying more in the end. With that in mind, the Federal Reserve would then have no reason to loosen monetary policy in the coming months, an idea that sent investors back into the bond markets. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield reached over 4.8% again this month, reflecting the long-term worry over interest rates that Americans currently have. Although inflation and the labor market were higher than expected, these figures have shown consistent cooling relative to a strong consumer, which continues to spend despite the higher prices. This will be a problem the Fed will have to attack come November 2nd at the next FOMC meeting.

Want to learn how to invest? Download the Invstr app, where you can play Fantasy Finance and manage a virtual investment portfolio or open a brokerage account and invest for real. Take our interactive investing course on Invstr Academy and become a better investor today!

I am not a financial advisor and my comments should never be taken as financial advice. Investments come with risk, so always do your research and analysis beforehand.

Share:
More Posts
OPEC’s Decision 🛢

OPEC leaders just hosted an important late-November meeting that may signal a change in strategy.

Get your daily Invstr Crunch

Get the market news and updates you need, delivered to your inbox or available on our daily podcast.

Risk Disclosure:

Invstr is not a bank and banking services are provided by Vast Bank, N.A.

Brokerage and Banking services are currently only available to U.S. residents.

Invstr app and web services are provided by Invstr Ltd. Advisory services are provided by Invstr Financial LLC, an investment adviser registered with the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) details of which can be obtained here. Securities brokerage and custody services are provided by Apex Clearing, a broker dealer registered with the SEC and a member of FINRA and SIPC. There is no bank guarantee on securities and securities may lose value.

Investing involves risk and can lead to losses. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

Invstr app and web services are provided by Invstr Ltd. Invstr+ advisory services are provided by Invstr Financial LLC, an investment adviser registered with the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC). Securities brokerage and custody services are provided by Apex Clearing, a broker dealer registered with the SEC and a member of FINRA and SIPC. There is no bank guarantee on securities and securities may lose value. Vast Bank N.A. a nationally chartered bank and member of the FDIC, provides the banking products, including the products and services related to digital asset accounts. As with any asset, the value of Digital assets can go up or down and there can be a substantial risk that you lose money buying or holding digital assets. You should carefully consider whether trading or holding Digital assets is suitable for you in light of your financial condition. Your digital account does not support wallet to wallet transferring of your digital assets (i.e. cryptocurrencies) outside the platform. Any Digital Assets in your digital asset account are not insured by any government entities, including but not limited to FDIC or SIPC. The Invstr Visa® Debit Card is issued by Vast Bank, N.A. pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A Inc and may be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted. Invstr Ltd, Invstr Financial LLC and Invstr Securities Ltd are subsidiaries of Marketspringpad Holdings (collectively “Invstr”) and Invstr is solely responsible for the application services and website content.

Watchlists provided when users first access the service are not a recommendation to invest. Instead they are provided to help users better navigate the service. Users are free to edit and create their own watchlists. From time to time, Invstr will suggest instruments solely based on an individual’s interest and the interest levels of the Invstr community. The statistical and portfolio builder models generated by Invstr do not reflect actual investment results and are not guarantees of future results. Comments provided by Invstr leaders, influencers or members of the Invstr Community are not recommendations and should not be construed as such. Invstr does not endorse the content or the positions posted by them. Their investment approach, and that of the models provided by Invstr, may be different from yours and may not be appropriate for you.