#264 Pivotal Point: Is This the Moment for 2018?

Good News, Bad News

It appears as though good news in the economy has become bad news for the markets. Positive economic data pushes up interest rates because a higher GDP growth leads to higher rates. People are worried that the Fed will be too aggressive. This leads to people selling out of stocks and bonds, causing asset prices to change. Looking at last Friday, we had a great jobs number and positive wage growth. Then the Atlanta Federal Reserve projected over a 5% GDP growth in the first quarter. This would be extremely positive. It is really a matter of give and take between aggressiveness of the Fed and how the market will react on that news.

Manufacturing

Around 10,000 jobs were created either in warehousing or in manufacturing transportation that was led by E-commerce. Americans have the tendency to find better ways to do things. This is evidence of that occurring. These numbers are coming just in the month of January and this is something that you wouldn’t have seen 10 years ago.

Volatility

Recently, we have had emails and phone calls regarding volatility. There are some reasons why we think you shouldn’t read too much in to this. If you look underneath the hood, the economy is very strong. We have low unemployment, higher wages, a strong housing market and consumer confidence is at an all-time high. The S&P 500 experienced an average entry year decline of 14% from 1980 to 2016. Of those 36 years, 27 of them the market ended up. Also, 80% of S&P companies are still in an uptrend. Volatility is back but we are not overly concerned at this time.

Greg Powell, CIMA®
President and CEO
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Bobby Norman, CFP®, AIF®
Senior Vice President
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Ashley Page, JD, MBA
Senior Vice President
Wealth Consultant
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Trey Booth, CFA®, AIF®
Senior Vice President
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#265 Markets: Here We Go Again #263 2018 Outlook: U.S. Manufacturing Sector
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