Weekly economic update for August 22, 2022

Weekly economic update for August 22, 2022

Highlights of key economic statistics from last week compiled by Putnam Investments.


  • Existing home sales dropped 5.9% in July, according to the National Association of Realtors.
  • The Conference Board Leading Economic Index decreased in July.
  • Housing starts dropped 9.6% in July compared with June, the Census Bureau stated.


  • Initial jobless claims fell by 2,000 to 250,000 in the week ended August 13, 2022, according to the Department of Labor.


  • As of August 11, 2022, of the 453 S&P 500 Index companies reporting second-quarter earnings, 339 beat analysts’ expectations, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany decreased in August.


  • Eurostat noted euro area annual inflation climbed to 8.9% in July from 8.6% in June.
  • Euro area GDP grew 0.6% in the second quarter, according to Eurostat.
  • Eurostat stated the euro area posted a trade deficit in June.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note increased.


  • Rising energy prices, worsened by the Russia-Ukraine War, increase the risk of stagflation and recession, even as central banks seek monetary policy normalization.
  • Declining liquidity and deteriorating financial conditions, combined with high valuations, are contributing to a substantial uptick in risk asset volatility.
  • Global leverage is at worrisome levels and will eventually need to be paid for, at a time when most developed markets are facing a fiscal drag from the end of post-pandemic stimulus.

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