The pillows are fluffed to cushion an inevitable fall.

Last week was another very strong week for the stock market.  Some people are concerned about a pullback or crash.  Experienced investors know that the stock market cannot continue as it has over the past 8 months.  Crashes and recoveries are likely to occur with uncertain timing.

Rational investors stay out of the future prediction business.  For those predicting market doom last November, the market has surged far enough since that even if there was a correction the cushion created by the surge would likely leave a person no worse off than they were last November.

When planning in and for retirement, guarantee your lifestyle income and then you may accept the market gyrations in a calm manner.  I’ve been discussing the “Income Stability Ratio” with clients and prospective clients.  This ratio indicates how much of your retirement income is reliable and how much is dependent on stock market performance.

When a client can depend on their retirement “paycheck” then it is much easier to relax and focus on hobbies, family and life’s pleasures.  This was true when you were working and it will be true throughout retirement.

Job Creation, Jobless Rate Down in May

A day after ADP’s employment change report estimated a hiring gain of 253,000 in May, the Department of Labor’s latest jobs report told a far different story. It said employers added just 138,000 workers last month. The U-3 jobless rate fell to a 16-year low of 4.3% in May, partly because of people dropping out of the labor force. The U-6 rate, counting the underemployed, decreased to a 10-year low of 8.4%. Annualized wage growth improved 0.2% to 2.5%.1,2

Consumer Confidence Index Declines

The Conference Board’s monthly consumer confidence gauge remained well north of 100 in May. It came in at 117.9. The index actually descended 1.5 points from its (downwardly revised) April reading of 119.4.1

Factory Growth Maintains Its Pace

Rising a tenth of a percentage point to 54.9, the Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing purchasing manager index showed healthy sector expansion in May. ISM last measured a sector contraction (a reading below 50) in August.3

Personal Spending Increases

In April, consumer spending grew by 0.4% according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Additionally, the BEA revised the previously flat March personal spending number up to a 0.3% gain. Personal incomes also rose 0.4% in the fourth month of the year, twice the improvement seen in March.1

No Reining In the Bulls

Rising 0.93% across four trading days, the S&P 500 ended last week at 2,439.07. The Nasdaq Composite continued its red-hot run, gaining 1.50% for the week to a June 2 close of 6,305.80. Settling at 21,206.29 Friday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.56% across its last four trading sessions. The CBOE VIX “fear index” closed at a remarkably low 9.79 Friday, down 30.27% YTD.4,5

This Week:

ISM’s May non-manufacturing PMI appears Monday, along with data on April factory orders, and earnings from Casey’s General Stores, Dave & Buster’s, and Thor Industries. Conn’s, Fred’s, and Michaels Companies announce earnings on Tuesday. Navistar reports quarterly results on Wednesday. Thursday, Wall Street examines new initial jobless claims figures and earnings news from Dell Technologies, J.M. Smucker, and Verifone. Nothing major is slated for Friday.

DJIA +7.31 +18.88 +15.00 +5.52
NASDAQ +17.14 +26.84 +25.90 +14.12
S&P 500 +8.94 +15.86 +18.17 +5.88
10 YR TIPS 0.36% 0.27% -0.59% 2.57%

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