The Week in Review
US stocks rose Monday, although there seemed to be a wait-and-see mentality on Wall Street as traders prepared for earnings from a handful of technology heavyweights and comments from the Federal Reserve.
Tuesday the CDC recommended that fully vaccinated people start wearing masks indoors in areas with high COVID-19 transmission rates. It also advised that students wear masks in schools this fall. While weighing concerns about the Delta variant, Wall Street also worried about supply-chain issues, inflation, and slowing economic growth in the coming months.
US stocks were mixed Wednesday. Indexes had been hovering near all-time highs thanks to strong corporate earnings, economic growth, and easy monetary policies, but the enthusiasm was tempered by concerns about the Delta variant of COVID-19, regulatory crackdowns in China, and persistent inflation trends.
US stocks climbed Thursday in spite of several data points showing that economic recovery may be tapering. The US gross domestic product, which measures all the goods and services produced in a country during a given period, was significantly lower than economists’ predictions. Jobless claims also missed expectations. The number was lower than at the height of the pandemic, but was still almost twice the pre-pandemic norm.
US stocks fell Friday, but averages wrapped up a relatively solid month thanks to outperformance by utilities, healthcare, real estate, and technology stocks. Energy and financial sectors lagged behind. There was also a notable uptick in volatility in July. The trading turbulence is being attributed to concerns about the economic recovery as the Delta variant continues to spread both at home and abroad.
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This Week’s Top Stories
China is clamping down on more than just the tech industry, which is spooking investors. The selloff in Chinese stocks was broad-based, with all 10 industries in the MSCI China Index declining the most in about 14 months. Learn what’s contributing to the selloff.
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Home prices are still surging, but the bubble may not necessarily pop. Learn why the current real estate rally is different from real estate price leaps in the past.
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Does Everyone Need an Estate Plan?
The short answer is, yes, estate planning can be a smart move for everyone.
Though it’s not much fun to think about what will happen to your loved ones after you are gone, doing some estate planning early on, and readjusting it as needed throughout your lifetime, can help you prepare for the future and protect the people you care about.
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Not having an estate plan can also create a lot of legal and administrative headaches for your family members and friends.
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