Nuke Fears Hit Stocks Hard, Boost Bonds as Volatility Spikes

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Week of August 14, 2017

Rising geopolitical tensions between the U.S. and North Korea over North Korea’s potential nuclear capabilities dominated the markets last week, pushing down global stock prices in every major region of the world and sending market volatility sharply higher.

In that uncertain environment, investors flocked to the perceived safety of government bonds. Treasury bond yields fell as strong demand pushed bond prices higher.

In the U.S., wholesale prices in July fell for the first time in nearly a year and were slightly lower than expected—a sign that inflation remains under control and perhaps even somewhat weak. Likewise, consumer inflation (as measured by the CPI) was softer than expected in July and remained lower over the past 12 months than the Fed’s targeted rate for inflation. These two developments may reduce the likelihood of the Fed raising short-term interest rates soon...

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