Trump, Brexit: Wealth Economic Update Jan. 20, 2017

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  • president_podiumDonald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States on Friday morning. His inauguration address stressed the importance of putting America first in all aspects including business and defense. The address was filled with promises of a more prosperous and safer country. While no specifics were given in his speech, President Trump guaranteed that the status quo of Washington D.C. would be shaken up and change was on the horizon.
  • This week British Prime Minister Theresa May laid out more plans for the coming Brexit, saying that the country will not seek a deal that leaves it “half in, half out” of the European Union. This confirmed fears of a “hard Brexit” in which the nation would leave the EU’s single market and regain full control of Britain’s borders. Also, in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, May vowed that, “The U.K. will step up to a new leadership role as the strongest and most forceful advocate for free markets and free trade anywhere in the world.”

Markets

  • This week the S&P 500 dipped modestly by 0.13%, closing at 2,271. The Dow Jones Industrial Average decreased by 0.24% and closed at 19,827.
  • Interest rates rose a bit this week. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes now yield 1.94% and 2.47%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil declined by 0.20% this week and closed at $52.42 per barrel.
  • The spot price of Gold increased by 1.08% this week, closing at $1,210.32 per ounce.

Economic Data

  • Weekly initial jobless claims came in at 235,000, a decrease from last week’s reading of 247,000. The Labor Department noted no major distortions to the data this week. The four week moving average for jobless claims now stands at 247,000 which is the lowest since 1973.
  • The Consumer Price Index (measure of inflation) rose 0.3% in December which was in line with expectations. The headline figure was boosted by a 1.5% rise in energy prices and have now risen 2.1% over the last 12 months.

o   The Core Consumer Price Index (excludes food and energy) rose by 0.2%, also in line with forecasts. Over the last year, core inflation stands at 2.2%.

  • Housing starts increased by 11.3% in December, bouncing back following a large decline in November. The rebound was solely in the multi-family category which increased by 57.3% in the month. Single family starts actually saw another decline in December, falling by 4.0%.

Fact of the Week

  • President Obama leaves office having presided over one of the best stock market return environments in American history. Since his inauguration in January 2009, the S&P 500 gained 182% or an annualized return of 16.3%. Since 1928, those market returns were only surpassed by the presidency of Bill Clinton (15.2% annualized return). (Source: Wall Street Journal)

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Obamacare, Cuba: Wealth Economic Update Jan. 13, 2017

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  • medical-522306108_360Following a seven hour debate, the Senate narrowly passed a budget resolution this week, clearing the first major hurdle in the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare. House leaders have now taken on the resolution amid pressure from President-elect Donald Trump who has said that a repeal and replacement of Obamacare should happen essentially simultaneously.
  • A week before leaving office, President Obama announced an end to the “wet foot, dry foot” policy that allowed Cubans who arrived in the United States without visas to pursue residency after one year. This will likely mark his last major change that his administration will make to U.S.-Cuba relations after he previously lifted the long standing embargo with the country and cleared the way for travel to the island nation.

Markets

  • This week the S&P 500 dipped modestly by 0.10%, closing at 2,275. The Dow Jones Industrial Average decreased by 0.39% and closed at 19,886.
  • Interest rates continued to retreat a bit from their recent highs. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes now yield 1.90% and 2.40%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil declined by 2.72% this week and closed at $52.52 per barrel.
  • The spot price of Gold increased by 2.11% this week, closing at $1,197.34 per ounce.

Economic Data

  • Weekly initial jobless claims came in at 247,000, an increase from last week’s reading of 235,000. The Labor Department noted no major distortions to the data this week. The four week moving average for jobless claims now stands at 257,000.
  • Headline retail sales for the month of December grew 0.6%, slightly below expectations of 0.7%. The headline number was aided by gains in gas prices and vehicle sales. Core retail sales (excludes autos, gas stations, building materials) was up only 0.2%, below expectations of 0.4%. The report showed non-store retail (includes online shopping) improving by 1.3% during the month but sales for department stores, electronics stores and restaurants declining.
  • The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index was approximately unchanged at 98.1 in the preliminary January report, following a sizable increase in December. The measure of current conditions increased, while the survey’s expectations of the future decreased a bit.

Fact of the Week

  • According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, the United States will need to spend $3.32 trillion over the next decade to fix our nation’s infrastructure, including $2.04 trillion on roads and bridges.

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Rate forecast, OPEC: Wealth Economic Update Jan. 9, 2017

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  • money_chess-523185447_360Minutes from the December Federal Reserve meeting were released this week, giving insight into the Committee’s discussions leading up to the only Fed Funds rate increase of 2016. The transcripts showed that part of the reasoning behind the 0.25% rate hike was an expectation of coming fiscal stimulus under an upcoming Trump presidency. The Federal Reserve will meet again at the end of January but no further action is expected to be taken until the March meeting at the earliest.
  • The start of the year marked the beginning of the deal agreed upon by OPEC countries to reduce oil production and so far it appears as though all parties are complying with the agreement. OPEC and some non-OPEC member countries agreed last November to decrease crude output by 200,000 barrels per day in an effort to support prices and several countries, including Iraq, have already taken measures to reduce production.

Markets

  • This week the S&P 500 kicked off 2017 by rising 1.76%, closing at 2,277. The Dow Jones Industrial Average increased by 1.07% and closed at 19,763. The Dow was unable to reach the 20,000 milestone again this week, coming within 0.37 points of the elusive mark.
  • Interest rates continued to retreat a bit from their recent highs. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes now yield 1.92% and 2.42%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil declined by 0.24% this week and closed at $53.70 per barrel.
  • The spot price of Gold increased by 2.19% this week, ending the year at $1,172.63 per ounce.

Economic Data

  • Weekly initial jobless claims came in at 235,000, a decrease from last week’s reading of 265,000. The Labor Department noted no major distortions to the data this week. The four week moving average for jobless claims now stands at 257,000.
  • The December payroll report showed a gain of 156,000 jobs in the month, lower than consensus forecasts of 175,000. The prior two months’ figures were revised up by a total of 19,000 which brings the three month average for job gains to 165,000.
    • The headline unemployment rate rose by 0.1% to 4.7%, in line with expectations. The small tick up in the unemployment rate was the result of a 0.1% increase in the labor force participation rate to 62.7%.
    • Average hourly earnings rose 0.4% in December, better than expectations of 0.3%. Over the last 12 months, wages have grown 2.9%, the highest mark during the recovery.
  • The ISM manufacturing index increased to a two-year high of 54.7 in December, rising from 53.2 in November. This was another positive data point indicating further signs of recovery in the U.S. manufacturing sector.

Fact of the Week

  • The total return for the S&P 500 during 2016 was +12.0%. If you missed the 3 best percentage gain days last year, that 12.0% return falls to 4.4%. If you avoided the 3 worst percentage loss days last year, that 12.0% gain rises to a 22.1% gain. (Source: BTN Research)

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Russia-Election, Turkey: Wealth Economic Update Dec. 30, 2016

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  • In response to its alleged hacking and interference in the 2016 presidential election, the Obama administration announced new sanctions against Russia this week, including expelling 35 Russian diplomats and closing two Russian compounds in the U.S. The White House stated, “Russia’s cyber activities were intended to influence the election, erode faith in U.S. democratic institutions, sow doubt about the integrity of our electoral process, and undermine confidence in the institutions of the U.S. government.” Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that Moscow will not retaliate in-kind and will refrain from expelling U.S. diplomats from the country, a decision that was praised by President-Elect Donald Trump in a Friday afternoon tweet.
  • Expanding on the truce that was established in Aleppo earlier this month, Russia and Turkey have brokered a nationwide ceasefire in Syria. The agreement would come into force in all regions where fighting between pro-government forces and opposition groups is taking place. The accord is already off to a shaky start as just after the ceasefire was set to take effect, it was reported that clashes between insurgents and government forces took place in several locations.

Markets

  • This week the S&P 500 fell by 1.07% and closed at 2,239. The Dow Jones Industrial Average decreased by 0.46% and closed the year at 19,763 and was unable to reach the 20,000 milestone in 2016. For the year, the S&P rose 11.77% and the Dow climbed 16.16%.
  • Interest rates continued to retreat from their recent highs this week. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes now yield 1.93% and 2.45%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil rose by 1.49% this week and closed 2016 at $53.83 per barrel. WTI Crude was up 34.40% in 2016.
  • The spot price of Gold increased by 1.59% this week, ending the year at $1,151.35 per ounce. In 2016, gold prices rose 8.50%.

Economic Data

  • Weekly initial jobless claims came in at 265,000, a decrease from last week’s reading of 275,000. The Labor Department noted not major distortions to the data this week. The four week moving average for jobless claims now stands at 263,000.
  • The Case-Shiller home price index rose by 0.6% in October, beating expectations of 0.5%. Prices rose in all 20 cities measured by the index and have now risen 5.1% over the last 12 months.
  • Pending home sales fell 2.5% in November to a 10-month low. Pending sales fell in the West (-6.7%), Midwest (-2.5%) and South (-1.2%) but rose in the Northeast (+0.6%). The weak report may be an indication that higher mortgage rates are beginning to affect demand.

Fact of the Week

  • The number of electronic devices that are connected to the internet (ie. laptops, phones, care, appliances etc.) surpassed the world’s population in 2010. By 2020, the number of connected devices will reach 50 billion, or almost 7 times the world’s population of 7.3 billion. (Source: Federal Trade Commission)

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Yellen, ISIS-Germany: Wealth Economic Update Dec. 27, 2016

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  • baltimore-184943883_360After the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time in a year, Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen spoke in Baltimore about the economy, specifically regarding the job market and wages. In her speech, she told 2016 University of Baltimore graduates that they are “entering the strongest U.S. jobs market in nearly a decade” as the U.S. unemployment rate sits at 4.6%, its lowest level since 2007. Janet Yellen did not speak to anything relating to monetary policy, but did mention that wages continue to increase despite low economic growth.
  • ISIS has claimed responsibility for a man by the name of Anis Amri, who intentionally drove a truck through a crowded Christmas market in Berlin killing 12 and injuring 50 people. Chancellor Angela Merkel is being criticized for her security policies after it was discovered that in the past, Anis Amri was secretly under surveillance and considered a threat by German officials but the operation was later called off. Anis Amri was killed during a shoot-out with police in Milan early this morning.

Markets

  • This week the S&P 500 rose by 0.29% and closed at 2,264. The Dow Jones increased by 0.46% and closed at 19,934. So far in 2016, the S&P is up 12.96% and the Dow is up 17.14%.
  • Interest rates retreated from their highs this week. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes now yield 2.02% and 2.54%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil rose by 0.21% this week and closed at $53.06 per barrel. WTI Crude is up 43.25% in 2016.
  • The spot price of Gold declined 0.26% this week, closing at $1,131.88 per ounce. Year to date, gold prices are up 6.67%.

Economic Data

  • Existing home sales rose by 0.7% (mom) in November versus expectations of a 1.8% decline. Single-family home sales fell by 0.4% and sales of condos rose 10%.
  • Sales of new single-family homes increased 5.2% (mom) in November. New home sales were the highest in the Midwest and West, and lower in the South.
  • Personal income remained unchanged in November versus expectations of a slight increase. Nominal wage, salary incomes, and real disposable personal income were down 0.1% (mom). Consumer spending increased 0.2% and the personal saving rate dropped to 5.5% from 5.7%.

Fact of the Week

  • Healthcare spending in the United States reached $3.2 trillion in 2015 (18% of the nation’s economy), equal to per person spending of $9,990. 20 years earlier (1995), per person healthcare spending in America was $3,788 (source: Health Affairs).

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Rate increase, OPEC: Wealth Economic Update Dec. 19, 2016

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  • fed360In Wednesday’s Federal Open Market Committee meeting, the decision was made to increase the fed funds rate by 0.25% to a 0.50-0.75% range, as expected. What came as a surprise, however, was that the committee now sees three interest rate increases in 2017 as opposed to two. This news sent the trade-weighted Dollar and treasury yields higher for the week as expectations for quicker monetary policy tightening has arisen.
  • For the first time since 2001, OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers have signed a deal to cut oil production. Unlike OPEC deals in the recent past, the current deal led by Russia to limit oil production to 558,000 barrels per day is widely expected to be enforced and abided by. The goal by OPEC countries is to keep the price of oil within the $60 range and full compliance with the deal will likely push the price to that level. On the other hand, as a result of interest rate increases, the Dollar has strengthened which is expected to lower the demand for oil, putting pressure on oil prices.

Markets

  • This week the S&P 500 was down slightly by 0.03% and closed at 2,258. The Dow Jones increased by 0.45% and closed at 19,843. So far in 2016, the S&P is up 12.64% and the Dow is up 16.61%.
  • Interest rates continued to climb higher this week following the FOMC meeting. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes now yield 2.07% and 2.59%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil increased by 0.91% this week and closed at $51.97 per barrel. WTI Crude is up 40.47% in 2016.
  • The spot price of Gold fell 2.25% this week, closing at $1,133.82 per ounce. Year to date, gold prices are up 6.85%.

Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims came in at 254,000, a decrease from last week’s reading of 258,000. The labor department noted no major distortions to the data this week. The four week moving average for claims moved up to 258,000.
  • Retail sales rose by 0.1% (mom) in November versus consensus estimates of a 0.3% gain. Core retail sales (excluding autos, gasoline, and building materials) increased by 0.1% versus consensus estimates of a 0.3% gain.
  • The consumer price index (CPI) increased by 0.2% (mom) in November and 1.7% from one year earlier which was in line with expectations. Core CPI (excluding food and energy) increased by 0.15% (mom) and 2.1% from a year earlier which was also in line with expectations.
  • Housing starts declined by 18.7% (mom) in November after a large gain in October. The decline in housing starts for the month was largely led by multi-family starts which were down 45.1% while single-family starts fell by 4.1%. Multi-family and single-family starts were up 76% and 10.5% in October respectively.
  • The Philadelphia Fed’s manufacturing index rose to +21.5 in December from +7.6 in November which was much higher than expectations. 

Fact of the Week

  • Outstanding student loan debt is $1.279 trillion as of 9/30/16. 11.0% of student debt (by dollar) is at least 90 days delinquent or is in default as of 9/30/16. The delinquency calculation understates the actual delinquency rate since student loans that are now in deferment are treated as if they are “current” with regard to their payment status (source: Federal Reserve Bank of New York).

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OPEC, Castro: Wealth Economic Update Dec. 5, 2016

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  • castro-172756369_320Oil prices rallied this week as OPEC has appeared to come to an agreement to cut production for the first time in eight years following a meeting of its member nations in Vienna this week. Prospects for a harmonious meeting were shaky early on as Saudi Arabia and Iran were initially opposed to cuts and tensions between Russia and OPEC flared up. Even with an agreement in place, questions still remain regarding the implementation and monitoring of production cuts given the cartel’s history of not always honoring these types of agreements.
  • Former President of Cuba, Fidel Castro, died at the age of 90 last week. His brother, Raul, who has been in the President of the still Communist nation since 2008, is tasked with the continuation of U.S.-Cuba relations which have softened in the last year as the U.S. embargo on the country was lifted by President Obama. President-Elect Trump has been critical of re-establishing diplomatic ties with Cuba and may be willing to reverse those policies.
  • Protests in South Korea have intensified as more than 1 million people gathered to rally against President Park Guen-hye and call for her impeachment. This was the 5th consecutive week of mass protests in Seoul. Park is embroiled in a corruption scandal that has paralyzed her government for weeks, leading her to request a shorter term from parliament and relinquishing some of her powers. Her opposition, however, believes this is a tactic to avoid impeachment and is attempting to put an impeachment motion up for vote in the coming weeks.

Markets

  • This week the S&P 500 decreased 0.91% and closed at 2,192. The Dow Jones rose 0.22% and closed at 19,170. So far in 2016, the S&P is up 9.31% and the Dow is up 12.65%.
  • Interest rates paused from the dramatic increase they have seen in recent weeks. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes now yield 1.82% and 2.38%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil spiked 12.20% this week on reports of an agreement by OPEC to cut production. Oil closed at $51.68 per barrel. WTI Crude is up 29.04% in 2016.
  • The spot price of Gold fell 0.52% this week, closing at $1,177.43 per ounce. Year to date, gold prices are up 10.96%.

Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims came in at 268,000, an increase from last week’s reading of 251,000. The claims figure may have been higher this reading due to the Thanksgiving holiday last week. The four week moving average for claims moved up to 252,000.
  • The monthly employment report for November showed job gains of 178,000, slightly lower than consensus estimates of 180,000. The prior two months’ employment numbers were revised down a combined 2,000 jobs, bringing the three month average for job gains to 176,000.
    • The headline unemployment rate fell 0.3% to a new cyclical low of 4.6%, lower than estimates of 4.9%. Part of this decline in the unemployment rate can be explained by a 0.1% decline in the labor force participation rate to 62.7%.
    • The wage component of the report was disappointing as average hourly earnings declined 0.1%, compared to expectations of a 0.2% increase. Year-over-year wage growth is now down to 2.5%.
  • The Case-Shiller home price index rose 0.4% for September, in line with expectations. Prices rose in all 20 cities that are part of the index. Home prices have now risen 5.1% over the last 12 months.
  • The PCE price index (measure of inflation) rose by 0.2% in October, in line with expectations. Headline prices as measured by the PCE index have now risen 1.4% over the last 12 months.
    • Core PCE (excludes food and energy, Fed’s preferred inflation measure) rose by 0.1% in October, also in line with consensus. Core PCE prices have now risen 1.7% over the last 12 months, still a bit below the Fed’s 2% target.

Fact of the Week

  • The national homeownership rate in the U.S. as of September 30th was 63.5%. This is down from the peak level of 69.2% seen on 12/31/2004. Every 1% reduction in the homeownership rate represents 1.2 million households that have changed from homeownership to renter status. (Source: Census Bureau)

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Fed Rates: Wealth Economic Update Nov. 28, 2016

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  • rate518867918Minutes from the November Federal Reserve meeting were released this week and were consistent with Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s recent congressional testimony. Most officials saw a rate increase occurring “relatively soon, so long as incoming data provided some further evidence of continued progress toward the Committee’s objectives.” While this meeting occurred before the Presidential election which seemed to catch markets off-guard, recent data has continued to be strong enough to likely warrant a rate hike in December.
  • OPEC will debate an oil output cut of between 4%-4.5% at its meeting in Vienna next week. The output cut had originally been agreed to on September 28th but the details behind its implementation still need to be worked out. The deal is still no sure thing as some of the member countries are opposed, for example Iran, which was only recently allowed to re-enter the global oil markets and therefore does not want to cut production.

Markets

  • This week the S&P 500 increased 1.45% and closed at 2,213. The Dow Jones rose 1.51% and closed at 19,152. So far in 2016, the S&P is up 10.29% and the Dow is up 12.41%.
  • Interest rates increased significantly higher once again this week as investors foresee higher inflation in the future as a result of a Trump presidency. The Dollar index hit 100 for the first time in almost a year after it rose by more than 1% this week. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes now yield 1.84% and 2.36%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil fell 0.65% this week to close at $46.06 per barrel. WTI Crude is up 4.18% in 2016.
  • The spot price of Gold fell 2.01% this week, closing at $1,183.56 per ounce. Year to date, gold prices are up 11.54%.

Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims came in at 251,000, an increase from last week’s reading of 235,000. The increase is likely due to a rebound from last week’s decline in claims caused by the Veteran’s Day holiday. The four week moving average for claims moved down to 251,000.
  • Existing home sales increased by 2.0% in October, better than consensus estimates of a     -0.6% decline. Sales of single family units increased by 2.3%, while multi-family unit sales were unchanged from the prior month.
  • New home sales declined by -1.9% in October, below consensus forecasts. Sales declined in the South, Midwest and Northeast regions while rising in the West region.

Fact of the Week

  • 32% of Millennials (defined as the 75 million Americans ages 19-35) are currently living with their parents. (Source: Pew Research Center)

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Presidential Transition: Wealth Economic Update Nov. 21, 2016

U.S. and World News

  • washington_dc-486225108_360President-elect Donald Trump has offered retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn the National Security Advisor role. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn is the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency and was Trump’s top national security advisor during his campaign. Donald Trump also agreed to cooperate with Vladimir Putin to “tackle international terrorism” after the two discussed the matters by telephone on Monday. An unexpected meeting between Mitt Romney and Donald Trump will take place this weekend regarding the Secretary of State position. SEC Chairman Mary Jo White plans to step down at the end of President Obama’s term and a Republican-appointed leader will assume the role which is expected to result in less regulation on Wall Street.
  • Fed Chair Janet Yellen hinted that the FOMC is on course to raise rates in December and that uncertainty related to the election would not influence the decision. Janet Yellen stated that a rate increase “could well become appropriate relatively soon” and that recent economic data has shown that the economy is “making very good progress”.

Markets

  • This week the S&P 500 increased 0.89% and closed at 2,182. The Dow Jones rose 0.26% and closed at 18,868. So far in 2016, the S&P is up 8.74% and the Dow is up 9.10%.
  • Interest rates increased significantly higher once again this week as investors foresee higher inflation in the future as a result of a Trump presidency. The Dollar index hit 100 for the first time in almost a year after it rose by more than 1% this week. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes now yield 1.79% and 2.35%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil increased by 4.98% this week to close at $45.57 per barrel. WTI Crude is up 3.97% in 2016.
  • The spot price of Gold fell 1.55% this week, closing at $1,208.64 per ounce. Year to date, gold prices are up 13.90%. 

Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims came in at 235,000, a decrease from last week’s reading of 254,000 and the lowest level since the early 1970’s. The largest declines were in California, Missouri, and Illinois. The four week moving average for claims moved down to 253,000.
  • Housing starts rose 25.5% in October, which was the largest increase since July of 1982 and significantly higher than expectations of a 10.4% increase. The multifamily home starts increased by 68.8% and single family starts increased by 10.7%.
  • Retail sales increased by 0.8% in October which was above consensus expectations of a 0.5% gain. Core retail sales (excluding autos, gas, and building materials) was also up 0.8% versus consensus expectations of a 0.4% increase.
  • The consumer price index (CPI) gained 0.4% in October and 1.6% from one year ago, which was in line with expectations, and heightened by higher energy prices. The core CPI (excluding food and energy) rose by 0.15% in October versus expectations of 0.2% and increased 2.17% from one year ago. 

Fact of the Week

  • A child born in 2016 that begins kindergarten in the fall of 2021 would attend college between the years of 2034 and 2038. If that child attended an average private 4-year college and if the annual price increases for private colleges experienced over the last 30 years (+5.2% per year) continued into the future, the aggregate 4-year cost of the child’s college education (including tuition, fees, room & board) would total $490,502 or $122,625 per year (source: College Board).

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Election 2016: Wealth Economic Update Nov. 13, 2016

U.S. and World News

  • 2016election_360Donald Trump has been elected the 45th president of the United States, defeating Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Markets initially reacted in an extreme manner to the downside in the premarket session as this result was not expected or priced in. The downturn was short-lived however, as markets turned solidly green the day following the election and continued its upward momentum through the end of the week.
  • In addition to Trump’s victory, the Republican Party was able to secure majorities in both the House and Senate. This will mark the first time that the Republican Party has held the Presidency and both houses of Congress since George W. Bush took office in 2001. Control of both the House and Senate will give the Republican Party greater freedom to implement its policy platform which stands for less regulation of banks and a repeal of Obamacare.
  • Potential scandal has returned to Brazil after evidence surfaced that new president Michel Temer may have accepted bribes from a construction company. This comes shortly after the impeachment of former president Dilma Rousseff for her role in using illegal loans from state banks to hide the fragile state of Brazil’s finances during her re-election bid in 2014. If the court rules that Temer did accept bribes, he could be removed from office.

Markets

  • This week the S&P 500 rallied 3.87% and closed at 2,164. The Dow Jones rose 5.51% to close at an ALL-TIME HIGH of 18,848. So far in 2016, the S&P is up 7.80% and the Dow is up 10.50%.
  • Interest rates surged higher this week following the results of the U.S. Presidential Election. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes now yield 1.56% and 2.15%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil was down 1.95% this week to close at $43.21 per barrel. WTI Crude is up 7.89% in 2016.
  • The spot price of Gold fell 6.07% this week, closing at $1,225.90 per ounce. Year to date, gold prices are up 15.53%.

Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims came in at 254,000, a decrease from last week’s reading of 265,000. The Labor Department noted no distortions to the data this week. The four week moving average for claims moved up to 260,000.
  • The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index rose to 91.6 in the November estimate, better than consensus expectations. Both consumers’ future expectations and their assessment of current economic conditions rose during the period. All of the data collected was prior to the U.S. Presidential Election.

Fact of the Week

  • The S&P 500 has now correctly predicted 20 of the past 23 presidential election winners going back to 1928 and every election since 1984. This is based on the three month returns for stocks leading up to the election. If the stock market index is higher in the three month period before the election, it’s a predictor that the incumbent party (in this case Democratic) wins the Presidency and vice versa. The S&P 500 fell -1.9% in the three months leading up to Tuesday’s election, thus continuing the trend as the incumbent party was defeated. (Source: Strategas Research Partners)

Please contact a member of the Wealth Management Department if you have any questions about this information.

Rich Gartelmann CFP® – (630) 844-5730 rgartelmann@oldsecond.com
Steve Meves, CFA® – (630) 801-2217 – smeves@oldsecond.com
Jean Van Keppel CFA® – (630) 906-5489 jvankeppel@oldsecond.com
Brad Johnson CFA®, CFP® – (630) 906-5545 bjohnson@oldsecond.com
Joel Binder, SVP – (630) 844-6767 jbinder@oldsecond.com
Jacqueline Runnberg CFP® – (630) 966-2462 jrunnberg@oldsecond.com
Ed Gorenz, VP – (630) 906-5467 ejgorenz@oldsecond.com

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