In today’s Steady Investor, we look at key factors that we believe are currently impacting the market and what could be next for the markets such as:
Air Travel is More Expensive, But U.S. Consumers are Doing it Anyway – Airline tickets experienced a price surge earlier in the spring, on the heels of rising oil and jet fuel prices. That saw ticket prices jump by 25% from the beginning of the year through May, far outpacing broad inflation. But then came June and July, with airline prices falling back just as consumers were eager to travel for the summer season. Ticket prices are still elevated, but that did not stop U.S. consumers from going forward with travel plans. This Labor Day, travel volume for a holiday weekend exceeded pre-pandemic levels for the first time, with the TSA reporting that 8.76 million travelers went through checkpoints over the holiday weekend. For Labor Day 2019, there were 8.62 million travelers. Consumers’ enthusiasm for travel comes even amidst increasing stories of flight delays, cancellations, and lost luggage. Fortunately, airlines had a smoother weekend – data showed that only 0.6% of flights over the weekend were cancelled, and just 16.6% were delayed.1
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A New Buzzword in U.S. Labor Markets: “Quiet Quitters” – The U.S. jobs market is historically strong, with about two open jobs for every unemployed American and wages steadily on the rise. But that doesn’t mean U.S. workers are happy about it. Research by Gallup shows that a historically high number of U.S. workers are either actively disengaged from work or doing the minimum amount required to stay employed, a trend referred to as “quiet quitting.” According to Gallup’s research, about 50% of the U.S. workforce is made up of quiet quitters, with people who are “psychologically detached” from their work and simply collecting paychecks and perhaps pondering a different career. Only about one-third of respondents in Gallup’s poll said they were engaged in their work and enjoyed what they do, which should alert bosses around America – especially those desperate to keep workers.3
Is the U.S. Services Sector Expanding or Contracting? Depends on Who You Ask – The services sector in the U.S. makes up a lion’s share of the economy, far more so than manufacturing. It follows that activity in the services sector is key to monitor, as it often determines whether the broad economy is in expansion or contraction mode. That’s why the conflicting readings for the U.S. services sector in August has not only been a head-scratcher, it’s also emblematic of how difficult it is to get a clear read on the U.S. economy. According to the Institute for Supply Management, the services sector grew at a faster pace in August compared to July, with a reading of 56.9 versus 56.7, respectively. The data firm S&P Global offered a different take, stating that the services sector actually contracted in August due to falling demand. Their Services PMI Business Activity Index showed a 43.7 print for August, down from 47.3 in July and marking the fastest deceleration since May 2020. The two surveys use different methodologies and survey different businesses, so there is not necessarily one print that should be emphasized over the other. The takeaway here may ultimately be that the U.S. economy is stalling, not necessarily fully in contraction or expansion mode.4
How to Protect Your Retirement from Market Volatility? While there is no way to prevent market volatility, there is a way to protect your retirement assets through market ups and downs. We recommend finding a retirement strategy that takes the “what ifs” into account. Our free guide can help you to prepare for what’s to come as you plan your ultimate retirement.
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