Monthly Market UpdateSubmitted by Texas Legacy Wealth Management on December 3rd, 2019
We hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to spend some quality time with friends and family. The stock market’s performance thus far in 2019 has given us a lot to be thankful for as the S&P 500 closed November up 25% for the year (Ycharts) while bonds (Bloomberg Barclays US Agg) have returned almost 9% year to date. We don’t often see such strong returns in both stocks and bonds. As such, many investors are left to wonder what comes next.
Despite this stock market strength, we’ve highlighted some concerns over recent months, as two elements of our economic dashboard flash a warning sign. We continue to be cautious as we feel that the chances of recession over the next 9-12 months have risen throughout the year. That said, stocks are close to all-time highs and we wanted to share some positive data that may have helped the market move higher this year:
- Unemployment is close to a 50-year low with the unemployment rate currently at 3.6% (Wall Street Journal).
- The consumer remains strong as evidenced by 3rd quarter US GDP growth which showed the consumer driving economic growth of 2.1% (LPL Research).
- The housing market in the US has been strong, hitting a 12 year high in housing starts in September (CNBC).
We are currently hard at work on our 2020 outlook where we will provide further insight in what we expect to see over the next 12 months. If you have any friends, family, or colleagues that you feel would benefit from our guidance we would be delighted to connect with them, so please let us know.
We wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season.
Your Team at TLWM
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