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January 22 , 2018
Statistic of the Week: 
Having a baby in the US is getting more expensive, and the cost varies greatly by state. For natural and C-Section deliveries, Alaska, New Jersey, and New York are the most expensive. While Alabama, Utah, and Rhode Island are among the least expensive states. Washington D.C. has the lowest cost for C-Section deliveries.
Global Perspective: 
With the global economy strengthening, the two largest airline giants, Boeing and Airbus, are fighting for the title of “world’s biggest.” Boeing delivered more aircraft last year, 763 to 718. However, Airbus had more orders, and has done so since 2013. In a surprise move Airbus said it would no longer make its largest plane, the A380, without orders from Emirates, who then promptly ordered 36 units.
Market Moving Events: 
Wednesday: Existing Home Sales, Petroleum Status Report, PMI Composite Index Thursday: Jobless Claims, International Trade, New Home Sales, Leading Indicators Friday: Durable Goods Orders, GDP
Commentary: 
For some time we have been noting that if there was a spoiler lurking in the background, it was politics. Both on the domestic and international stages, political whims have the ability to shape investor perspectives. As of the writing of this piece, the US government is “shut down” due to an impasse between Republicans and Democrats over policy surrounding the “DREAMers” – the 3.6 million undocumented immigrants brought to the US before their 18th birthdays.1 While the shutdown may be disconcerting to investors, there have been 17 government shutdowns since 1977, and little “discernable impact” is seen in the nation’s economic figures.2 Another important note is that only a portion of the government is actually closed. Social Security, Medicare, interest payments, and defense and law enforcement will continue to be paid.3 The majority of the wheels will keep on turning in Washington. In the 18 instances that the US government has shutdown, the S&P 500 has averaged a return of 14.24%.4 (You read that correctly). The figure is even higher (15.56%) when looking at years where there was a furlough.5 Right now, bullish sentiment is extremely lofty and the S&P 500 is likely to set a record for the most amount of consecutive days without a 5% dip.6 With political drama high, and investors on Cloud 9, what could possibly go wrong? We are hoping to a return of focus on corporate earnings and fundamentals as quickly as possible. .- Dan McElwee, CFP®
Chart of the Week: 
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Sources: 

Statistic of the Week:

Money Magazine

Global Perspective:

The Economist

Market Moving Data:

Bloomberg.com

Chart of the Week:

Haver / Census Bureau

Commentary:

1. USA Today
2. Barron’s
3. Barron’s
4. Barron’s
5. Barron’s
6.Investor’s Intelligence
 
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