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By The Numbers – April 15, 2019

  • LOWEST IN YEARS – The percentage of Americans that are unemployed or are working part-time only because they are unable to find full-time work has fallen to 7.3% of the civilian labor force as of March 2019, the lowest percentage reported for this statistic since December 2000 (source: Department of Labor).                               
  • FOUR OUT OF FIVE TIMES – Since 1950, there have been 65 different 5-year periods (i.e., the 5-years from 1950-54, 1951-55, 1952-56, . . . 2014-18). The S&P 500 has produced a positive total return result in 51 of the 65 periods, i.e., 78% of the time. 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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