U.S. stocks swooned on Thursday, setting the Dow up for its worst first six months since 1962, on concerns that rampant U.S. inflation would hamper the U.S. and global economies.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on Wednesday vowed to not let the U.S. economy slip into a “higher inflation regime”, even if it means raising interest rates to levels that put growth at risk.
The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite came off session lows but was still set for its largest declines ever for the first-half, while the benchmark S&P 500 (.SPX) tracked its biggest January-June percentage drop since 1970.
All the three main indexes are on course to post their second straight quarterly declines for the first time since 2015.
“Until inflation meaningfully rolls over which at this point will take, I believe months, it’s going to be hard for the market to really find a bottom and begin a rally,” said Ross Mayfield, investment strategy analyst at Baird.
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Inflation is repudiation. — Calvin Coolidge
‘Tis best to get a handle on inflation, if you know how, while you still can. – MacDailyNews, May 11, 2021
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When a business or an individual spends more than it makes, it goes bankrupt. When government does it, it sends you the bill… Make no mistake about it, inflation is a tax and not by accident. — Ronald Reagan
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