Weekly economic update for October 31, 2022

Weekly economic update for October 31, 2022

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


  • GDP grew at an annual rate of 2.6% in the third quarter, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
  • The trade deficit widened in September, the Census Bureau reported.
  • New home sales dropped 10.9% in September compared with August, the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development stated.


  • Initial jobless claims grew by 3,000 to 217,000 in the week ended October 22, 2022, the Labor Department noted.


  • As of October 20, 2022, of the 98 S&P 500 Index companies reporting third-quarter earnings, 73 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.


  • The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index declined in October.


  • The S&P Global Flash Eurozone PMI Composite Output Index fell to 47.1 in October from 48.1 in September.
  • The ifo Business Climate Index for Germany declined in October.


  • The yield on the 10-year Treasury note declined.
  • The European Central Bank decided to raise its key interest rates by 75 basis points.
  • The Bank of Japan held rates steady.


  • High 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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