Market Alert January 8th, 2018: Dow 25k! Now what?

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  • Global debt reaches a record $230 trillion posing a grave threat to the world’s economy.
  • The Dow reached 25k early in 2018, as we forecasted, and set records along the way.
  • Manufacturing had the best year in 14 years.
  • Consumer comfort in the U.S. advanced in 2017 to a 16-year high.
  • The economy added fewer jobs than expected.
  • We continue to stand by our Fearless Forecast of Dow 26,500 by the end of 2018.

Global debt reaches $230 trillion.

Global debt rose to a record $233 trillion in the third quarter of 2017, a gain of $16 trillion higher from a year earlier, according to an analysis by the Institute of International Finance. Private non-financial sector debt hit all-time highs in Canada, France, Hong Kong, South Korea, Switzerland, and Turkey.

The United Nations calculates the global population is 7.6 billion; this means $30,000 for every man, woman and child on the planet earth. We believe that this is the greatest threat to the world’s economy and will exacerbate future financial crises.

It is why we are thankful that we have a strategy in place that is designed to help us to mitigate the damage when the next financial storm comes.

We believe that the risk that we have today is different than anything we have had in history. The hundreds of trillions of dollars of global debt put a significant strain on government’s ability to do anything about the next recession. In fact, we see all of this debt exacerbating the effects of any economic slowdown. The worst recessions that we have had around the world have all been the results of governments taking on too much debt.

With the market near all-time highs, this is no time to be complacent and assume that the market only goes up! The best time to plan ahead for the next market crisis is now!

As you can see in the chart below, the market can turn around very quickly and very unexpectedly. The 2008 bear market wiped out 12 years of gains in just 17 months. Many of you participated in that bear and the one in Y2K.

As you can see in the chart below, the market can turn around very quickly and very unexpectedly. For many investors, the 2008 bear market may have wiped out 12 years of gains in just 17 months. Many of you participated in that bear and the one in Y2K.

Source: Standard & Poor’s

Clients who followed our lead were out of the Stock market during the great market crash of 2008.

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The Dow reached 25k early in 2018, as we forecasted, and set records along the way.

The S&P 500 index was up every day last week and set a new all-time high each time. According to Sundial Capital Research, no year has ever begun with consecutive daily half percent gains that all set new all-time highs.

The month isn’t over, of course, but there is an adage that says “as goes January, so goes the year.” If it holds this year, we could have a pretty good year.

Manufacturing had the best year in 14 years.

Manufacturing grew in December at the fastest pace in three months, and had the strongest year for factories since 2004, the Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday.

Consumer comfort in the U.S. Advanced in 2017 to a 16-year high.

According to the Bloomberg consumer comfort Index, consumers were more upbeat in 2017 than at any time since 2001. They view the economy, their finances, and their optimism about purchasing more favorably than they have 16 years.

Since consumers represent 70% of our economy, it is usually a good sign when confidence is high. If consumers are buying, corporate profits should rise, and that normally leads to higher stock prices.

The economy added fewer jobs than expected.

Employers added 148,000 workers, compared with the 190,000 median estimate of economists surveyed by Bloomberg, held back by a drop in retail jobs, according to the Labor Department.

While this normally would seem to be bad news, it is actually good news for the stock market because it implies less aggressiveness by the Federal Reserve. If jobs are not being created at the rate that the Fed wants, they probably will be less inclined to raise interest rates. Therefore, weak jobs data means more cheap money and the stock market loves cheap money!

We continue to stand by our Fearless Forecast of Dow 26,500 by the end of 2018.

Because of all of the above, we feel confident that there is no recession in sight and therefore we see the Dow continuing to rise to new all-time highs.

Look at the chart below:

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Click here to listen to this week’s podcast and hear the following topics:

  1. Dow 25K!
  2. Twelve Mistakes Of Investing
  3. Social Security Benefits For Spouses
  4. Buy Hold Myth #5: You Don’t Want To Miss The Rebound
  5. Estate Tip: New Gift & Estate Taxes For 2018

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Ken Moraif, CFP®, MBA