The financial markets have been showing significant concern about a growth slowdown, and possible recession, with equities selling off and prices of Treasury notes climbing (pushing rates down) last week. The underlying data, however, tell a somewhat different story. Retail sales continued to grow solidly, housing data weakened but remain strong overall, and regional Fed manufacturing surveys slid but don’t suggest a broad slowdown.
What we learned last week: (pg. 1)
- Existing home sales continue to slip
- Philly Fed new orders index still shows solid growth
What we’re watching this week: (pg. 2)
- Another decline expected for new home sale
- Durable goods orders likely to continue upward trend
- Consumer spending expected to be robust as consumer activity remains solid
Podcast: How is inflation impacting the consumer? (18 min)
Nationwide’s Chief Economist David Berson and Deputy Chief Economist Bryan Jordan take a closer look at the recent Retail Sales and Industrial Production reports.
- How has inflation impacted overall sentiment?
- Does the consumer still have the wherewithal to spend?
- And what’s the outlook for the months ahead?
View our informative commentary on the economy and financial markets – and find out what we’re watching for the week ahead: