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Economic Commentary - Fall 2016

Posted By Lineweaver Financial Group
October 11, 2016 Category: Economic Commentary, Fall 2016, Newsletter, Lineweaver

For many, the end-of-summer months of July, August and September brings warmer weather, vacation and time with family.  At the end of Q3, investors were treated to some calm as light trading activity was met with modest gains across stocks and the Fed decided not to change rates on September 22nd.  Despite volatility through the first half of the year, Q3 brought much needed positive economic data, job growth and increases to investor sentiment.      Some key highlights over the quarter: Investors were encouraged by a solid upturn in US housing construction, driven in part by continued improvement in the job market. Late in the month, the US Commerce Department announced that new home sales had surged 12.4% in July and reached a nine-year high. International stocks rose during the quarter, as investors shifted towards equities given the low interest rate environment. Global financials, though, rallied during the month as uncertainty around Brexit eased and bank share prices began to rebound from prior lows. Volatility in oil prices and supply glut concerns caused swings in commodities.  Although some market participants anticipate a return to higher prices, they expect oil prices to settle into a new long-term average in the $40 to $50 per barrel range.  Emerging markets stocks rose for the third straight month in August as the prevalence of low or negative government debt yields across the developed world buoyed demand for

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