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Fed Rate Hike Likely Next Week – Market Update – December 11, 2017

Fed Rate Hike Likely Next Week – Market Update – December 11, 2017
December 11, 2017 abryant

Market Report - American Family Funding

There’s only one thing common in all human beings: they are all different!

Who needs rhetorical questions?

People don’t grow up. They just learn how to act in public.

It’s not denial. I’m just selective about the reality I accept.

Now The Market Update . . .

The Fed will meet next week for the final FOMC meeting under Fed Chair Janet Yellen. Jerome Powell has been approved by Congress to take over in 2018.

Jobless claims declined for the 3rd straight week. A strong labor market could support a Fed policy rate increase at next week’s meeting.

The tax reform that is fast-tracking its way through Congress is fueling stocks. The expected economic growth from the plan could push rates higher in 2018.

The proposed tax reform plan would cut the mortgage interest deduction on new purchases. However, economists don’t think it will have any effect on the housing market.

Millennials now make up the largest segment of new home buyers. They are buying the greatest share of starter homes and low-to-mid tier homes as well.

Construction spending hit a record high in October. Private residential spending rose 11.2% year-to-date, with new single-family construction up 9%.

I bought my friend an elephant for his room.

He said, “Thanks.”

I said, “Don’t mention it.”

This week’s potential market moving reports are:

Monday, December 11th: Job Openings and Labor Turnover Report (JOLTS)

Tuesday, December 12th: FOMC Meeting Begins, Producer Price Index

Wednesday, December 13th: FOMC Announcement, MBA Applications, CPI

Thursday, December 14th: First Time Jobless Claims, Retail Sales

Friday, December 15th: Industrial Production