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By The Numbers – June 10, 2019

  • THIS YEAR – The S&P 500 stock index is up +15.7% YTD (total return) through last Friday 6/07/19, in spite of suffering a 6.6% tumble (total return) between 4/30/19 and last Monday 6/03/19. 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: source: BTN Research).                                     
  • CHANGED THEIR MIND – There have been 4 rate-hike cycles initiated by the Fed over the last 25 years, including the most recent cycle that has included 9 rate-hikes from 12/16/15 to 12/19/18, i.e., the “last rate hike” took place 6 months ago. The 3 previous Fed rate-hike cycles flipped from its “last rate hike” to its “first rate cut” after 5 months (July 1995), 7 ½ months (January 2001) and 15 months (Sept. 2007) (source: Federal Reserve).               
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