Friday the 13th concluded a dismal week in the markets.

David B. Armstrong, CFA Weekly Market Commentary

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The S&P ended the week down 3.8% and at one point the intra-day low reached back to mid-June levels before recovering.  The economic news of last week contained a clear acknowledgment by the Federal Reserves’ Open Market Committee that the economic recovery was not moving forward as they had anticipated and that its pace would be more modest over the near term.  As a result, the Fed said it will purchase additional Treasuries in an attempt to provide a prod to the economy… most investors were underwhelmed by the action.  Other economic news items included reports that the trade deficit expanded in June and Retail Sales came in somewhat below forecasts, only adding to a disappointing week.

The numbers for the week are as follows; the Dow Jones Industrial Average was off -3.29% closing at 10,303, the S&P 500 Index fell -3.83% to 1,079, Nasdaq Composite Index was lower by -5.03% finishing at 2,173 and the Russell 2000 (small cap index) lost 6.45% closing at 609.

We continue to hold that the U.S. economy is not moving into a “double-dip”, however, we feel there will be continued debate on both sides until more consistent and positive economic reports are posted.  We believe that the economy is still in a recovery mode and only shifting speeds towards a more sustainable expansion.  If the labor market can recover in the coming months, it will feed into a more consolidated consensus of economic traction.

Having a good plan is the key to navigating a calm or choppy economic environment; we would never advise leaving port without one.  Please call us with questions or if we can help chart a course.

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About the Author
David B. Armstrong, CFA

David B. Armstrong, CFA

David B. Armstrong, CFA, is a President and Co-Founder of Monument Wealth Management. Along with his role as the firm’s chief investment strategist and portfolio manager, Armstrong is viewed as an industry leader in several areas including innovative practice management, discretionary asset management, digital marketing and social media. Dave is the writer of Monument Wealth Management's weekly "Off the Wall" Financial Blog and Market Commentary, and is frequently sought after by journalists and event coordinators. Visit his full biography here.

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