Government shutdown. Stock market open!

Three weeks in to 2018, the stock market is up approximately 5% which would be an annualized return of 86%.  Yes, this is a great start and yes, this cannot continue indefinitely.

Over the past 15 months, the stock market has come so far, so fast, with very little volatility.  I believe this has already affected investor mindset.  It is very unusual to not have a negative 10% correction during most calendar years.  Normal stock market behavior, even in strong years, would typically have a 5-10% decline over a few weeks.  When this occurs, you should not be alarmed.  This will happen on an uncertain timeline.

Here’s a quick test for you.  If your investments went down 20%, would you live or invest differently than you have for the past year?  If your answer is yes, then you would likely benefit from assessing your risk and possibly adjusting.  There are clients who cannot lose that much based on their investment decisions and there are clients that can lose more than 20%.

Lastly, if the stock market declined 20% today, the stock market would still be up “double digits” in the past 15 months.  Keeping your objectives in perspective matters.


The initial January University of Michigan consumer sentiment index came in at 94.4 last week, 1.5 points beneath its final reading of 2017 and 4.1 points under its level of one year ago. Without prompting, 34% of respondents to the latest UMich survey brought up the subject of the recent federal tax reforms; 70% of them felt the reforms would have a positive effect on their lives; 18%, a negative effect.1


New Census Bureau data shows groundbreaking decreased 8.2% in December after a (revised) 3.0% November gain. Building permits ticked down 0.1% last month.2


Commodity investors watched the premier digital currency crest above $14,000 Monday, sink under $10,000 Wednesday, and rebound to a price of $11,400.35 as Wall Street’s trading week ended. Friday, the International Energy Agency predicted U.S. oil output would near a 50-year peak in 2018. That hurt prices and left WTI crude 1.5% lower for the week; it fell to $63.37 at Friday’s closing bell.3,4


Last week, the blue chips improved 1.04% on the way to a Friday settlement of 26,071.72. On Tuesday, the benchmark closed above 26,000 to complete the quickest 1,000-point climb in its history: it took only eight days. (The previous record was 23 trading sessions.) The Nasdaq Composite (+1.04% to 7,336.38) and S&P 500 (+0.86% to 2,810.30) also logged weekly advances.5,6

This Week:

Halliburton, Netflix, TD Ameritrade, UBS, and Zions Bancorp issue earnings Monday. Capital One, Fifth Third, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly-Clark, Procter & Gamble, State Street, Texas Instruments, Travelers Companies, and Verizon join the earnings parade Tuesday. December existing home sales figures appear Wednesday, plus earnings from Abbott Labs, Ameriprise Financial, Comcast, Discover, Ford Motor Co., General Dynamics, General Electric, Grainger, Legg Mason, Northern Trust, Novartis, Rockwell Automation, Royal Caribbean International, Stanley Black & Decker, United Rentals, and Whirlpool. On Thursday, December new home sales numbers emerge, plus the latest initial jobless claims report and earnings from 3M, Alaska Air Group, American Airlines, Biogen, Caterpillar, Celanese, Celgene, Fiat Chrysler, Freeport-McMoRan, Intel, JetBlue, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Sherwin Williams, Southwest Airlines, Starbucks, Union Pacific, and Western Digital. The first estimate of Q4 economic expansion arrives Friday, along with earnings news from Colgate-Palmolive, Honeywell, NextEra Energy, and Rockwell Collins.

DJIA +5.47 +32.13 +18.20 +11.55
NASDAQ +6.27 +32.42 +26.81 +21.35
S&P 500 +5.11 +24.15 +17.82 +11.21
10 YR TIPS 0.58% 0.43% -0.66% 1.42%

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Indices are unmanaged, do not incur fees or expenses, and cannot be invested into directly. These returns do not include dividends. 10-year TIPS
real yield = projected return at maturity given expected inflation.


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