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I am plain, thin, and lonely, but you use me all the time. I can appear with one keystroke or just one movement when you write. What am I?
Last week’s riddle:
You can put me on a table and cut me, but you will never eat me. What am I?
Last week’s answer:
A deck of cards.
100 MONTHS OF GROWTH FOR SERVICE BUSINESSES
The Institute for Supply Management announced this milestone as it revealed a 58.6 May reading for its non-manufacturing purchasing manager index. That excellent reading was well north of the 56.8 mark seen in April. Fourteen of the fifteen service industries followed by the PMI reported expansion in May; the information sector was the only outlier.1
Q2 GDP OUTLOOK BRIGHTENS
Is the economy now expanding at the rate of 5% a year? The bold new estimate by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta nearly says as much. The Atlanta Fed projects a 4.6% GDP reading for Q2. The first quarter saw a 2.2% rate of growth, and the economy grew 2.3% for all of 2017.2
SOCIAL SECURITY TO TAP ITS RESERVES THIS YEAR
Last week, Social Security’s trustees announced that the program needs to dip into its trust funds for the first time in 36 years in order to fully fund itself in 2018. In their annual report, the trustees noted that monthly benefits could be reduced as much as 23% by 2034 if no legislative action is taken on Capitol Hill between now and then. The report also noted that Medicare’s hospital insurance fund risks being depleted by 2026; barring a fix, Medicare might only pay out 91% of hospital costs at that point.3
NASDAQ ATTAINS RECORD TERRITORY AGAIN
Finishing Friday at 7,645.51, the Nasdaq Composite retreated from its historic closes on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of last week. Even so, it gained 1.21% across five trading sessions. The S&P 500 added 1.62% last week to settle at 2,779.03 Friday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average? It rose 2.77% for the week, reaching 25,316.53 at Friday’s closing bell.4,5
THIS WEEK: Nothing major is scheduled on Monday. The May Consumer Price Index appears Tuesday, plus earnings from H&R Block. Wednesday, Wall Street awaits a Federal Reserve interest rate decision and considers the May Producer Price Index. May retail sales numbers appear Thursday, in addition to a new initial jobless claims report and quarterly results from Michaels Companies. On Friday, the University of Michigan releases its preliminary June consumer sentiment index.
|% CHANGE||Y-T-D||1-YR CHG||5-YR AVG||10-YR AVG|
|REAL YIELD||6/8 RATE||1 YR AGO||5 YRS AGO||10 YRS AGO|
|10 YR TIPS||0.82%||0.41%||0.03%||1.54%|
Sources: wsj.com, bigcharts.com, treasury.gov – 6/8/185,6,7,8
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1 – nytimes.com/aponline/2018/06/05/us/politics/ap-us-economy-services.html [6/5/18]
2 – cnbc.com/2018/06/08/gdp-for-second-quarter-on-track-to-double-2018-full-year-pace-of-2017.html [6/8/18]
3 – marketwatch.com/story/new-warnings-about-cuts-to-social-security-and-medicare-are-a-reason-to-worry-2018-06-07 [6/7/18]
4 – reuters.com/article/us-usa-stocks/tesla-drives-fourth-day-of-gains-for-nasdaq-banks-up-idUSKCN1J21E8 [6/6/18]
5 – markets.wsj.com/us [6/8/18]
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