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Inflation Fears Send Dow Plunging 475 Points, S&P 500 Sees Worst Day Since January!

Market Volatility Amid Inflation Concerns

The Dow Jones Industrial Average took a significant hit, tumbling close to 475 points while the S&P 500 experienced its worst day since January, spurring widespread concern among investors. This recent market decline is primarily attributed to the inflation woes that have enveloped the global economy.

Starting with the Dow Jones, an approximate 1.3% drop in its performance is a clear indication of the severe impact of inflation concerns on the market. This sudden drop showcased a significant worry among investors as top industry sectors took hits, revealing the vulnerability of the market to macroeconomic factors. Blue-chip stocks, usually considered a reliable investment, were not spared from the decline. Value stocks too, predominantly from the financial, energies, and industrial sectors were caught in the downdraft.

On the other hand, the story for the S&P 500 was no different. Witnessing its worst day since January, the S&P 500 further amplified the tension among investors. Suffering a loss of around 2%, this broad-market index served as a mirror to the overall market, reflecting worries over ultra-low interest rates, Covid-19 vaccine distribution, and, most importantly, rapidly escalating inflation.

The inflation fears spurring these market reactions cannot be understated. Cyclical inflation is a common occurrence in any economy but when figures start peaking, it raises severe concerns. High inflation rates often lead to increased costs of goods and services, challenging business operations, and individual purchasing power.

Currently, several factors are contributing to the hike in inflation. Unprecedented fiscal output to combat the effects of the pandemic, coupled with a relatively swift economic rebound, has resulted in higher commodity prices. Simultaneously, supply chain disruptions combined with labor market constraints have added to the inflationary pressure. This combination of market and economic factors leaves investors jittery, which is reflected in the stock market’s recent performance.

Government policy, particularly from the Federal Reserve, is often viewed as a mitigating factor in such situations. However, its decision to stick with an ultra-accommodative policy has sparked concerns over prospective overheating of the economy. The Fed’s relaxed stance on higher inflation, assuming it as transitory due to the economy’s re-opening and stimulus spending, has failed in calming investors’ nerves.

The financial technology sector was among the worst hit, piggybacking on the negative sentiment surrounding inflation. Popular stay-at-home stocks, which saw a meteoric

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