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December 4 , 2017
Statistic of the Week: 
The median savings for households headed by an individual aged 55-64 is $104,000. This nest egg translates to an inflation adjusted monthly annuity of $310. Of those not saving for retirement, 24% attribute their behavior to not knowing where to start.
Global Perspective: 
With 5 million vending machines, Japan has the most amount of vending machines per capita in the world (one for every twenty five citizens). The machines are widely viewed as an economic indicator, and have had a difficult time keeping up with the nation’s deflationary pressures.
Market Moving Events: 
Monday: ISM Manufacturing Index, Construction Spending Tuesday: Vehicle Sales Wednesday: International Trade, Factory Orders, FOMC Minutes Thursday: Jobless Claims Friday: Employment Situation
Markets finished the year similarly to how they began – in the doldrums. Both the DJIA and S&P 500 finished both the week and the year in the red. The Dow fell over 2% in 2015, and the S&P 500 contracted about 0.7%.1 The 10-year Treasury finished the year with a yield of 2.27%.2 For a year marked by returns that were anything but spectacular, we experienced our share of high drama. 2016 appears to be off to a rocky start. The woes that were troubling China this past summer seem to have resurfaced, pushing Chinese equity valuations lower. A contraction in Chinese manufacturing is being blamed for a selloff in the main Chinese markets, where trading was halted after a 7% decline early Monday.3 Market commentators are quick to tout that the US does relatively little direct business with the Chinese. This is true – however, as the world’s second largest economy, China is doing business with someone (Europe, Australia, Canada, etc.). If China slows down considerably, these trading partners will suffer, and the US will not be immune. The other major geopolitical event shaping the start of this week’s market action is violence in the Middle East between the Saudis and Iranians. It is no secret that these rival powers have been jostling for influence in the Middle East, and the storming of the Saudi embassy in Tehran is no small matter. Global markets will not ignore a further escalation of hostilities. Caution is warranted.
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