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Market Outlook 2018

The stock market started off the year in full swing with a 5.57% year-to-date return on the S&P 500 Index and a 10-year Treasury bond yield at 2.72% as of market close January 30, 2018. The economy grew at an annualized real GDP growth rate of 2.60% in Q4 2017 according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The inflation rate based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) is currently at 2.10% and increasing according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The unemployment rate is currently 4.10% and continuing to decline (BLS). Wages grew at 2.90% according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's Wage Growth Tracker but is still below the long-term average of 3.60%. The Conference Board Ind

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