The date was January 22, 1973, and the event was the “Sunshine Showdown" in Kingston, Jamaica, states Mike Larson, editor of Safe Money Report.
On that day, Joe Frazier and George Foreman entered the boxing ring, with the winner set to walk away with the title of heavyweight champion of the world.
But perhaps more famous than the result was Howard Cosell’s oft-remembered call of the fight. Right out of the gate, Foreman pummeled Frazier. Before long the latter went down. And Cosell responded excitedly with the words: “Down goes Frazier. Down goes Frazier. Down goes Frazier.”
Epic sports television...though no different from what you could’ve said about the markets yesterday at 8:30:01 am That’s because all of Wall Street’s hopes and dreams for a tame inflation reading were dashed in an instant—and virtually every market on the planet got punched in the mouth!
Specifically, the Labor Department reported that the Consumer Price Index rose 0.1% in August. Economists expected it to fall 0.1%. Price increases were broad-based, too, which is why a 10.6% drop in gasoline costs wasn’t enough to flip the headline number into negative territory.
More importantly from a Federal Reserve policy perspective, the “core” CPI that excludes food and energy surged 0.6%. The experts thought it would rise only half that much. Prices rose for medical care services, shelter, apparel, new vehicles, and more.
The reaction in stocks was ugly enough. The S&P 500 (SPX) finished down more than 4%. But the carnage in the bond market was even worse.
Short-term yields surged as traders radically reassessed their view on Fed policy moves. Not only are markets fully pricing in a 75-basis point hike at the September 21 meeting now, but they’re also pricing in a modest (but growing) possibility of a 100-point move.
Tighter money is bad for all kinds of assets, except the US dollar. It’s been on a rampage. It’s one reason I am still urging you to stick with a Safe Money approach to this market.
Let someone else call the 127th bottom or whatever in the Nasdaq. Let someone else keep losing money in garbage stocks.
You don’t need to! You can protect your wealth, and profit, by avoiding that silliness and just staying focused on what has worked best and should continue to work best.
That’s my best advice heading into year-end, which isn’t looking like it’ll be any less volatile and treacherous after another round of dismal data.