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21 June 2021

We had two big Federal Reserve driven events during the third week of June 2021. The first was the Fed's two-day meeting ending on 16 June 2021, when the Fed officially responded to increased expectations of inflation by moving up the projected timing for increasing U.S. short term interest rates.

The second event came on 18 June 2021, when influential Federal Reserve minion James Bullard indicated he saw the Fed having to act to hike rates even earlier, which led investors to suddenly shift their forward-looking attention to the upcoming 2021-Q3 in a new Lévy flight event.

Alternative Futures - S&P 500 - 2021Q2 - Standard Model (m=-2.5 from 16 June 2021) - Snapshot on 18 Jun 2021

The first Fed-related event played out as a change in the value of the amplification factor built into the dividend futures-based model we use to project the future potential trajectories of the S&P 500 (Index: SPX), where we showing that value as set at -2.5 from Wednesday, 16 June 2021. The second change shows the characteristic quantum-like shift to the trajectory associated with investors focusing on the future quarter of 2021-Q3 on Friday, 18 June 2021.

Those were the big events of the week that was, but there were other market-moving headlines for investors to absorb as well. Here's our summary of those items:

Monday, 14 June 2021
Tuesday, 15 June 2021
Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Thursday, 17 June 2021
Friday, 18 June 2021

Barry Ritholtz' weekly succinct summary of the pluses and minuses he finds in the markets and economy news appears to be on summer hiatus. If you're interested in a substitute news source, we'll recommend Reuters Business News Headlines as a wide-ranging source.

We think the Fed's actions will have investors mostly focused on what will happen at the Federal Reserve's upcoming meeting near the end of 2021-Q3 throughout the quarter. As we're coming up on another period where the past volatility of the historic stock prices affects the accuracy of the dividend futures-based model's future projections, we have adapted the corresponding redzone forecast in the alternative futures spaghetti forecast chart to represent where the S&P 500 is likely to range as investors mostly focus their attention on 2021-Q3.

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