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WHAT A WEEK

We reflect on last week’s surprising stock market reaction to Donald Trump’s unexpected election victory. The S&P 500 gained 3.8% last week, its best since October of 2014. The Dow Industrials and small cap Russell 2000 delivered their best weeks since December of 2011.

EARNINGS UPDATE: END OF A LONG DROUGHT

The earnings recession was not quite as long as the Cubs’ World Series drought, but we — like Cubs fans — are glad the drought is over. Corporate America ended its earnings drought in style, with S&P 500 earnings tracking to a 4% year-over-year increase for Q3 2016, well above prior estimates.

BONDS TO FED: READY, SET, HIKE

Positive economic data contributed to a rise in Treasury yields last week, a positive sign for the economy but painful for fixed income investors. Trends in fixed income markets signal that the economy is in good shape to weather a potential Fed rate hike in December.

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: WHAT MIGHT SCARE MARKETS

Many measures of investor sentiment indicate widespread uncertainty about the direction of markets. The age of the bull market, U.S. elections, the possibility of a mistake by central banks, U.S. dollar strength, Brexit, and China’s debt problems all seem to have the potential to scare markets.

TIPS FOR STAGFLATION?

Rising inflation expectations coupled with slow economic growth (stagflation) may potentially benefit TIPS. TIPS and Treasuries may help protect in periods of volatility, though low yields relative to other parts of the bond market may hurt longer-term performance.

 
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