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December 4 , 2017
Statistic of the Week: 
Emerging market stocks have been in a bear market for over four years at this point. They are trading at an approximately 50% discount to their American peers. The Chinese slowdown is having a significant impact on their price action.
Global Perspective: 
The Bank of Japan recently cut its benchmark interest rate below zero, targeting -0.1%. Both the Swiss and the European Central Banks have already deployed negative rates in an attempt to spur growth and lending. The Japanese policy only applies to new deposits, not those already on the books.
Market Moving Events: 
Tuesday: JOLTS, Wholesale Trade Wednesday: Petroleum Status Report Thursday: Jobless Claims Friday: Retail Sales, Import Export Prices, Business Inventories, Consumer Sentiment
Equity markets sank in value last week after posting gains the previous two. The S&P 500 declined 3.04%, while the DJIA held up better - dropping 1.54%.1 Year-to-date, the indices are down approximately 8% and 7%, respectively.2 The S&P 500 is off to its worse start since 2009,3 and both indices are in “correction” territory (a drop from a recent high of greater than 10%). The S&P 500 is about 12.5% away from its local peak.4 The volatility and decline of equities since early August have created an environment where investors have sought to preserve value in bond positions. The yield on the 10-year Treasury has fallen to 1.86% as of Friday’s close.5 Some fixed income positions have proven to be a safe-haven so far. Much of last week’s decline occurred on Thursday and Friday, as the market got a bad case of acid reflux digesting the monthly jobs figure. While the unemployment rate declined to 4.9% (the lowest figure in eight years), the economy only added 151,000 jobs – well below expectations.6 This figure suggests that recent turbulence in the investment markets is beginning to impact business sentiment. The week ahead is light on economic data releases, yet eyes will certainly be focused on this week’s employment figure on Thursday. While a slow news cycle may increase volatility in the short-term, savvy investors will be mindful of long-term value and growth opportunities. -Dan McElwee, CFP®
Chart of the Week: 
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Statistic of the Week:

Money Magazine


Global Perspective:

The Economist


Market Moving Data:


Chart of the Week:

Haver Analytics / Bureau of Labor Statistics


3.Goldman Sachs Asset Management
6.Bureau of Labor Statistics
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