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November 28, 2022

 

Short takes.

 

The Federal Reserve’s pivot wasn’t the only interesting event last week. Here are some other occurrences that may prove to be of interest to investors.

 

A cure for the “Royal disease”. In the 1800s and early 1900s, royalty in Britain, Germany, Russia and Spain suffered from hemophilia, a genetic disorder that prevents blood from clotting. Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first gene therapy treatment for hemophilia. The treatment, which is administered once, has a price tag of $3.5 million. Cell and gene therapies are expected to change the way disease is treated, but the price begs the question: Could Royals even have afforded it?

 

Ready, set, shop! About two-thirds of American holiday shoppers – and the National Retail Federation (NRF) anticipate that number will be more than 166 million this year – planned to shop in brick-and-mortar to stores over Thanksgiving weekend. More than a third were planning to go online on Cyber Monday. The NRF estimates sales will be up 6 percent to 8 percent over November and December. It remains to be seen how holiday deals will affect companies’ profits.

 

Pandemic redux. The number of daily COVID-19 cases in China reached a record high last week, affecting the cities of Beijing, Chongqing and Guangzhou. “Cities are once again expanding their testing efforts and building makeshift hospitals to quarantine the growing number of people who are infected. Though no city-wide lockdowns have been announced, the widespread restrictions are increasingly paralyzing economic activities, even as authorities pledge to make their responses more targeted and less disruptive,” reported Bloomberg News.

 

We hope you stay healthy and achieve all your shopping goals during the holidays! 

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Sources:

https://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/files/fomcminutes20221102.pdf [Page 9]

https://www.cmegroup.com/markets/interest-rates/cme-fedwatch-tool.html

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-11-23/us-economy-shows-signs-of-slowing-as-fed-hikes-filter-through (or go to https://resources.carsongroup.com/hubfs/WMC-Source/2022/11-28_22_Bloomberg_US%20Economy%20Shows%20Signs%20of%20Slowing_3.pdf)

https://www.barrons.com/market-data?mod=BOL_TOPNAV (or go to https://resources.carsongroup.com/hubfs/WMC-Source/2022/11-28-22_Barrons_DIJA_SP500_4.pdf)

https://home.treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/TextView?type=daily_treasury_yield_curve&field_tdr_date_value_month=202211

https://www.science.org/content/article/case-closed-famous-royals-suffered-hemophilia

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/fda-approves-hemgenix-most-expensive-drug-hemophilia-b/

https://nrf.com/media-center/press-releases/record-1663-million-shoppers-expected-during-thanksgiving-weekend

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-11-24/china-s-covid-cases-jump-to-a-record-as-outbreaks-persist (or go to https://resources.carsongroup.com/hubfs/WMC-Source/2022/11-28-22_Bloomberg_China%20Covid%20Cases%20Jump%20to%20Record%20High_9.pdf)

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/144202-never-be-limited-by-other-people-s-limited-imaginations-if-you