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Rates and Earnings in Focus this Week

It turns out that December wasn’t a very good month for the U.S. economy. The combination of the Omicron variant and higher inflation conspired to keep activity subdued. Retail sales suffered a far larger decline than anticipated, dropping 1.9 percent. And industrial production also fell unexpectedly. These reports followed earlier signs of slowing contained in the ISM PMIs and payroll employment, although the unemployment rate continued to fall. The Atlanta Fed’s GDPNow model lowered its fourth quarter growth model last week all the way to 5.0 percent from 6.7 percent in response to the weakness. Consumer prices also surged higher by 7.0 percent in December, the highest level since 1982.

Ameriprise Financial Announces Schedule for Fourth Quarter 2021 Investor Conference Call

MINNEAPOLIS – January 18, 2022 – Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE: AMP) plans to announce its fourth quarter financial results on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 after the close of the New York Stock Exchange. The company will host a conference call to discuss the results on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at approximately 9:00 a.m. (ET).

Stocks Look to Regroup Following A Shaky Start to the New Year

The ongoing bond market adjustment to the threat of tighter monetary policy accelerated last week, as yields jumped at the start of trading in the new year. The expectation of higher rates was reinforced during the week, first by the minutes of the Fed’s December meeting, followed by the solid December jobs report. The yield on the U.S. ten-year note surged 25 basis points higher on the week to 1.76 percent, its highest in two years, dating back to just prior to the onset of the pandemic. The bond market adjustment began in September when the Fed first hinted at tapering. Back then the ten-year note was yielding 1.30 percent. The more Fed sensitive two-year note has climbed from 0.20 to 0.86 percent since September, after rising 14 basis points last week. For the week, the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond index fell 1.5 percent. 

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