MidSouth Week in Review
September 16, 2022

Weekly Update from Fund Manager Buzz Heidtke, MidSouth Investment Fund

Sep. 19, 2022 | RedChip Companies

For the week, the S&P declined 4.8%.  The 5-year government bond yield rose to 3.66% from below 3% recently.  Economists predict a 75 basis points Fed hike next week.  U.S. household wealth declined $50 trillion at the end of last year to $143.8 trillion.  Consumer prices rose 8.3% in August.  The budget deficit rose 29% in August to $220 billion.  Mortgage apps dropped 1.2% last week to the lowest level in 22 years.  Average mortgage rates hit 6% for the first time since 2008.  FedEx declined 25% today after the company said a global slowdown accelerated at the end of August and predicted it would worsen in the November quarter.  Sources:  Wall Street Journal and New York Times






September – is the worst month of the year for Wall Street.  Going back to 1928, the month has averaged a 1.1% loss for the S&P.  Last year the S&P fell 4.8% in September.  Month-to-date the S&P is down 2.0% this September – FactSet


Juries Scare Me – I don’t want to put my faith in twelve people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty – Monica Piper


Investment Advice – “If you expect to continue to purchase stocks throughout your life, you should welcome price declines as a way to add stocks more cheaply to your portfolio” – Warren Buffett


Covid – 85% of those who have died from Covid were 65+.  Covid is on pace to be the third-leading cause of death, trailing only breast disease and cancer – Wall Street Journal


Fed Funds Rate Hikes – is expected to be a 0.75 to 1.00-point rate hike later this month.  Further steep increases are increasingly likely.  Inflation is far from over – The Kiplinger Letter ….. The average rate on savings accounts was just 0.13% in August.  However, smaller banks and online-only banks are paying considerably more.  The current return on the 1-year Treasury bonds is 4% - Buzz


Wholesale Gas – was 50.5 cents in March of 2020 before rising to $4.205 in June of this year.  Wholesale gas is currently $2.42 – Buzz ….. Gas prices may soon rise because Biden’s one-million-barrel-a-day release from the nation’s emergency reserves is set to end in October – Treasurer Secretary Janet Yellen


Hair Loss – A treatment that actually works, only costs pennies a day.  The secret is minoxidil, that cost only pennies a day.  Rather than applying the drug directly to the scalp, doctors have been prescribing minoxidil in very low-dose pills – New York Times


The S&P 500 – is up 1374% since 1993 despite four market crashes – Jay Kumar


Weed – For the National Institute of Health’s annual survey of drug use, 43% of respondents ages 19 to 30 said they used marijuana 20 or more times in the past year, up from 29% in 2011, and 11% said they were daily users, up from 6%.


Consumer Spending – Percentage change from June 2021 to June 2022 – Cosmetics +17%, grocery stores +14%, pet supplies +11%, entertainment +8%, software/electronic stores -8%, Fuel -4%, retail apparel -2% - McKinsey & Co.


Living to 100 – Men 70+ have  a 5.7% chance of living to 100 vs. 9.9% for women.  About 85% of centenarians live in cities where they get better access to health care.  87% of them communicate daily with a friend or family member – New England Centenarian Study


Ouch! – Argentina’s central bank just raised their benchmark interest rate to 75%, a day after their inflation rate hit 80%+ - Reuters


Social Security – The Social Security Administration has projected the 2023 cost-of-living adjustment to be 11.4% if inflation continues at its current pace – CRFB


Working Income – In 1915 the average family income was $687 a year or $13.21 per week…..When I was 16, I worked as a sackboy making 55 cents an hour.  My first job out of college was as a systems analyst making $450 per month.  My 14-year-old granddaughter, Frances McAleer, worked in Nantucket in August at a restaurant and made more than $450 per month – Buzz


Gasoline Prices – are down for 13 weeks in a row.  In California, the average price of gas is $5.41 a gallon, which is 46% higher than the national average.  About 6% of gas stations in the U.S. have gas under $3 a gallon and are mainly located in the South – OPIS


IRS Tax Audits – dropped from 0.9% in 2010 to 0.2% in 2020.  But the decline is poised to rebound because recent legislation has allocated billions of dollars to the IRS – Choice Tax Solutions


The World’s Richest People – Elon Musk $245B, Jeff Bezos $153B, Bill Gates $115B, Larry Page $99B, Warren Buffett $99B, Sergey Brin $94B, Larry Ellison $94B.  One person from France and two from India also made the top ten list – The HUSTLE


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