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The Northern Star 3/14/18 Goldilocks Returns

Message from Jon

This past 12-15 days has seemingly marked the beginning to rebound stemming from our most recent correction.  We have seen the VIX decrease below 20 and a quieting of the recent volatility for the time being.  All this could change of course but for now, we will take what we can...kind of like the weather in Indiana recently!

In my opinion, we are seeing this market shaping up to feel a lot like 2012 where investors witnessed a lot of movement but very little progress.  Those who stayed the course got to participate in 2013 and those who did not, missed out.

Message here is that we will stay the course, maintain our current heading and keep our focus on the shore line and not the short, choppy waters we find ourselves in.

Till we speak again, enjoy this sunshine.




GoldiLocks Returns


Domestic stocks leapt ahead last week as the latest jobs report inspired renewed confidence in our economic standing. The S&P 500 added 3.54%, and the Dow gained 3.25%.[1] The NASDAQ erased its losses from February's market correction to hit a new record close while growing 4.17% for the week.[2]International stocks in the MSCI EAFE increased by 1.79%.[3]
In addition to solid stock growth, Friday, March 9, also brought a significant milestone in the markets: the 9th anniversary of our current bull market. The Dow is now in the midst of its longest-ever bull run, and the S&P 500's bull market is its 2nd-longest and -largest ever.[4]
To put the recovery in perspective, 9 years ago, the S&P 500 closed at only 676.53. By market's close last Friday, the index was at 2,786.57-more than 4 times its value at the bull market's start.[5]
What drove last week's market performance?
While talk of tariffs on aluminum and steel imports affected stocks last week, a major jobs report was arguably the biggest market mover.[6] The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its latest jobs report on Friday, and the numbers relieved many investors' inflation concerns. The data showed that the economy added 313,000 jobs in February - far more than what analysts expected.
At the same time, wages only grew by 2.6% from this time last year, below the prediction.[7]
What does this data mean?
Bloomberg called the labor report a "'Goldilocks' scenario," because it indicates that the economy is neither too hot nor too cold. The data reveals that many people are returning to the workforce, but wages are not increasing fast enough to trigger significant inflation.[8]
This jobs report also contrasts with last month's data, which showed wages rising faster than expected. That report contributed to February's market correction.[9]
Ultimately, some analysts believe the latest data implies that inflation is less of a concern, and the Fed may only increase interest rates 3 times this year.[10]
Later this month, Federal Reserve leaders will meet to determine whether to raise interest rates and will also provide their latest economic projections.[11]Looking ahead, we will continue to analyze the interplay between labor, inflation, and interest rates - and how these forces may affect your financial life.  

ECONOMIC CALENDARTuesday: Consumer Price IndexWednesday: Retail Sales    Thursday: Jobless Claims, Housing Market Index
Friday: Housing Starts, Industrial Production, Consumer Sentiment

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[1] www.cnbc.com/2018/03/09/us-stock-futures-dow-data-nonfarm-payrolls-and-politics-on-the-agenda.html

[2] www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-09/nasdaq-takes-just-one-month-to-recoup-worst-losses-in-two-years

[3] www.msci.com/end-of-day-data-search
[4] www.cnbc.com/2018/03/08/the-bull-market-just-turned-9-years-old-heres-how-the-stock-surge-compares-with-past-runs.html

[5] www.cnbc.com/2018/03/09/us-stock-futures-dow-data-nonfarm-payrolls-and-politics-on-the-agenda.html

[6] www.cnbc.com/2018/03/09/us-stock-futures-dow-data-nonfarm-payrolls-and-politics-on-the-agenda.html

[7] www.cnbc.com/2018/03/09/nonfarm-payrolls-february.html

[8] www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-09/it-s-market-deja-vu-jobs-beat-wages-miss-and-stocks-rally

[9] www.cnbc.com/2018/03/09/us-stock-futures-dow-data-nonfarm-payrolls-and-politics-on-the-agenda.html

[10] www.cnbc.com/2018/03/09/us-stock-futures-dow-data-nonfarm-payrolls-and-politics-on-the-agenda.html

[11] wsj-us.econoday.com/byshoweventfull.asp?fid=481816&cust=wsj-us&year=2018&lid=0&prev=/byweek.asp#top

[12] www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/easy/a44230/flatbread-cubano-sandwiches-recipe/
[13] www.irs.gov/newsroom/how-taxpayers-across-the-country-can-have-their-taxes-prepared-for-free

[14] www.golfdigest.com/story/simplify-your-driver-swing-for-effortless-power

[15] www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/default.htm

[16] www.globalstewards.org/stop-junkmail.htm
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