February 2023 Monthly Recap

Talking Points

  • Inflation continued to slow from 6.5% to 6.4%, but was above expectations and caused concern it may linger for longer

  • The US economy unexpectedly added 517,000 jobs, well above the 185,000 forecast, pointing to a tight labor market

  • Consumer spending rebounded 1.8%, the largest increase in nearly two years, shaking off back-to-back negative months

  • The 10-year Treasury yield spiked higher from 3.52% to 3.92% as disappointing inflation could point to more rate hikes

  • Housing starts fell to the lowest level since June 2020 missing expectations as higher rates continue to cool the market

Market Health Indicator*

Market Data

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*The Market Health Indicator is a monthly indicator created in September 2021 that is designed to measure market health on a scale of 0 - 100, analyzing various market segments such as economics, technicals, and volatility using data back to January of 2000. Higher scores indicate healthier market conditions.


Fun Facts

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•    While March is the best month for basketball (March Madness), it’s the worst for worker productivity. The tournament is estimated to cost employers $4 billion.

•    This year’s Super Bowl was the second-most-watched ever, behind only 2015 when the Patriots beat the Seahawks. 

•    Who’s ready to make a fashion statement? March 11 is International Fanny Pack Day!

•    Don’t forget to “spring forward” and set your clocks one hour ahead on March 12!

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