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January 22 , 2018
Statistic of the Week: 
Corporate budgets for marketing are expected to increase 8.7% in 2016, as economists forecast improved economic conditions. Over the next five years, expenditures on social media marketing are predicted to increase 126%.
Global Perspective: 
Danish company, Lego A/S, has announced a research project to create a more environmentally friendly building brick. Lego bricks have been made the same way since 1964. The research project is projected to last until 2030, as the company seeks to make the new bricks indistinguishable from the old in “look and feel.”
Market Moving Events: 
Monday: Treasury Budget Tuesday: Retail Sales, Business Inventories, Import Export Prices Wednesday: PPI, Industrial Production, Beige Book Thursday: Jobless Claims Philly Fed Friday: CPI, Housing Starts, Consumer Sentiment
Commentary: 
After a week of antacid consumption, the Greek crises seems to have abated (for the time being, at least). In a week of seesaw trading action, where headlines and market trends shifted minute to minute, all the drama was for naught. The closing figures don’t tell the whole story, as domestic equity markets ended the week virtually unchanged. The S&P 500 closed the week up 0.03%, with the DJIA climbing 0.22%.1 The MSCI EAFA fell 0.24%.2 The 10-year Treasury yield fell dramatically, only to increase back up close to where it began, finishing Friday yielding 2.40%.3 With a “deal” as of Monday morning, markets will begin the process of assessing its sustainability. Germany levied very tough terms including trimming pension benefits and higher taxes.4 The deal did not include reducing the overall Greek debt burden – a condition that the Greek government had previously insisted upon.5 The Greek parliament must still approve terms. Assuming that the Greek settlement moves somewhat smoothly over the next few weeks, investors are likely to turn their attention to the macro environment. Volatility in the Chinese equity markets should not be discounted. In this week’s domestic economic releases, there are several significant figures including: industrial production, housing starts, and key data on the consumer in terms of sentiment and retail sales. It’s unlikely to be a lazy, summer week. - Dan McElwee, CFP®
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Commentary:

1.Bloomberg
2.Bloomberg
3.Bloomberg
4. The New York Times
5. The New York Times
 

Statistic of the Week:

The Journal of Financial Planning

Global Perspective:

The Wall Street Journal

Market Moving Data:

Bloomberg.com, Stratfor.com

Chart of the Week:

Haver Analytics, Census Bureau

 
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