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Monthly Market Overview - January 2019

01.18.2019

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U.S. equity markets had their worst month since 2009 as the S&P 500 came within a whisker of a bear market, 20% correction from the peak, and Treasury yields fell roughly 30 basis points across the curve as flight-to-quality and sharply lower oil & gasoline prices lowered inflation expectations. The markets took the view that the US economy will slow later this year prompted by an apparent slowdown in the world economy, particularly in China where the trade war is beginning to have real effects on Chinese consumption.

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