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By The Numbers – February 11, 2018

  • HAVE THEY CHANGED THEIR MIND? – The Federal Reserve’s statement following their 1/30/19 meeting suggested to bond market watchers that their next interest rate move could be “down” instead of “up.” The shortest span between the end of a rate-tightening cycle (i.e., raising rates) and the first Fed easing (i.e., cutting rates) in the last 30 years was just 3 meetings over 5 months in 1995, i.e., 2/01/95 rate hike to a 7/06/95 rate cut. The last Fed rate hike took place on 12/19/18 (source: Federal Reserve).                           
  • HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE – Since 1950, there have been 60 different 10-year periods (i.e., the 10-years from 1950-59, 1951-60, 1952-61, . . . 2009-2018). The S&P 500 index produced an average annual total return of less than +7% during 15 of the 60 decade-long periods (25% of the time). 19 of the 60 periods (32% of the time) resulted in an average annual total return of at least +14%. The S&P 500 consists of 500 stocks chosen for market size, liquidity and industry group representation. It is a market value weighted index with each stock’s weight in the index proportionate to its market value (source: BTN Research).    


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