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Are you an adrenaline junkie? You may be one and not even know it. If you are an investor in the stock market, you may have noticed a sinking feeling in your investment portfolio before a sharp bounce-back, much like a bungee jump. Before the recent drop of -6.6% in the Dow during August, some stock investors got lulled into a state of complacency, considering a tripling in stock prices over the last six years.
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Almost any current or future news headline has the capability of potentially triggering a short-term bungee jump in stock prices. Now, worries over the health of the Chinese economy and financial markets, coupled with concerns of an impending rate hike by the Federal Reserve have created some tension for global financial markets. The slowdown in China should not be ignored, but as famed investor Bill Nygren pointed out, its impact should be placed in the proper context. China only represents 15% of global economic activity and U.S. exports to China only account for 0.7% of our GDP.
- 5% market corrections, 3 times per year on average (“correction” = price decline);
- 10% market corrections, 1 time per year on average; and
- 20% market corrections, 1 time every 3.5 years on average.
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- Economic growth revised higher (Q2 GDP raised to +3.7% from +2.3%)
- Unemployment rate continues to drop ( at 5.3%, a 7-year low)
- Interest rates near historic lows (3.95%, 30-year mortgage rate), which will remain massively stimulative even if the Fed modestly increases short-term rates
- U.S. corporate profits are near record highs (despite dampening effect of the strong U.S. dollar on exports)
- Reasonable valuations (improved after latest index price declines)
- Housing market on a steady recovery (existing home sales at multi-year highs and pricing up +6% vs. July of last year)
- Massively accommodative central banks around the globe (e.g., European Central Bank and People’s Bank of China)