Growth Report – Monday, June 19, 2017

As Wall Street anticipated, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates on June 14. The Federal Open Market Committee voted 8-1 to take the benchmark interest rate north by a quarter-point to the 1.00-1.25% range. The Fed also said it would begin to reduce its $4.5 trillion balance sheet at some point “this year” by slowing reinvestments. As a start, it will let $6 billion per month in Treasury holdings run off, along with $4 billion per month in agency debt and mortgage-linked securities. This implies upward pressure on long-term interest rates.1,2

The Consumer Price Index declined 0.1% in May, noted the Bureau of Labor Statistics; core consumer inflation rose 0.1%. A bigger May decline came for retail purchases – the Census Bureau said that they fell 0.3% even with car sales factored out.3

The Census Bureau’s new residential construction snapshot showed groundbreaking at an 8-month low, with total housing starts down 5.5% in May. Total building permits decelerated 4.9% last month to their slowest pace since April 2016.4

In its preliminary June edition, the University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index fell short of expectations. Economists, polled by Briefing.com, forecast a reading of 97.0 for the index, but it came in at 94.5.3

Rising 0.53% in five days, the Dow Jones Industrial Average ended the week at 21,384.28. The S&P 500 made a weekly advance of 0.06% to a Friday close of 2,433.15. Tech shares kept selling off, resulting in the Nasdaq Composite’s 0.90% weekly descent to a Friday settlement of 6,151.76. The Dow Jones Utility Average had the best week among consequential U.S. equity indices, rising 1.75%.5

THIS WEEK: Nothing major is scheduled for Monday. Tuesday, Adobe Systems, FedEx, La-Z-Boy, Lennar, and Red Hat all present earnings. Wednesday offers May existing home sales figures and earnings announcements from CarMax, Oracle, and Winnebago. Earnings news from Accenture, Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, Carnival, and Sonic arrives Thursday, plus new initial jobless claims numbers. Friday, investors consider May new home sales and Q2 results from Finish Line.

DJIA +8.21 +20.59 +13.50 +5.68
NASDAQ +14.28 +26.97 +22.83 +13.42
S&P 500 +8.68 +17.09 +16.24 +5.87
10 YR TIPS 0.49% 0.15% -0.54% 2.73%

Sources: wsj.com, bigcharts.com, treasury.gov – 6/16/175,6,7,8
Indices are unmanaged, do not incur fees or expenses, and cannot be invested into directly. These returns do not include dividends. 10-year TIPS real yield = projected return at maturity given expected inflation.


“We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction.”

– Malcolm Gladwell


Do you have a child heading off to college this fall? Financially, it may be time for his or her first credit card. One idea: have your son or daughter sign up for a basic, low-limit card through a credit union or independent bank and have the monthly statements sent to you.


What are you able to keep after you give it to someone?

Last week’s riddle:
I often stand straight and tall. I can illuminate your wall or hall. If you push me, I may fall. What am I?

Last week’s answer:
A candle.

1 – marketwatch.com/story/fed-raises-interest-rates-to-reduce-balance-sheet-this-year-2017-06-14 [6/14/17]
2 – businessinsider.com/federal-reserve-rate-hike-plan-to-unwind-45-trillion-balance-sheet-2017-6 [6/14/17]
3 – briefing.com/investor/calendars/economic/2017/06/12-16 [6/16/17]
4 – reuters.com/article/us-usa-economy-idUSKBN197277 [6/16/17]
5 – markets.wsj.com/us [6/16/17]
6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=6%2F16%2F16&x=0&y=0 [6/16/17]
6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=6%2F16%2F16&x=0&y=0 [6/16/17]
6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=6%2F16%2F16&x=0&y=0 [6/16/17]
6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=6%2F15%2F12&x=0&y=0 [6/16/17]
6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=6%2F15%2F12&x=0&y=0 [6/16/17]
6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=6%2F15%2F12&x=0&y=0 [6/16/17]
6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=DJIA&closeDate=6%2F15%2F07&x=0&y=0 [6/16/17]
6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=COMP&closeDate=6%2F15%2F07&x=0&y=0 [6/16/17]
6 – bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical/default.asp?symb=SPX&closeDate=6%2F15%2F07&x=0&y=0 [6/16/17]
7 – treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyield [6/16/17]
8 – treasury.gov/resource-center/data-chart-center/interest-rates/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=realyieldAll [6/16/17]

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