Special Market Update

Over the past several days we have received a number of phone calls from clients: some nervous, some curious and most simply seeking a calm reassuring voice. Accessibility and communication is one of the many client-centric ways we differentiate ourselves from other Registered Investment Advisors. We work for you. In fact, every advisor at WT Wealth Management enjoys hearing from clients and understanding how they feel. It makes us better in our role of understanding each client individually and uniquely.

In early October we distributed a Special Market Update providing our view point on the then recent correction. Since October both much and nothing has happened. The "much" is that the market correction has persisted into late December. The "nothing" is that the US economy has remained healthy. In fact, on Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell released this statement after the FMOC raised interest rates for the 4th time in 2018.


Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in November indicates that the labor market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has been rising at a strong rate. Job gains have been strong, on average, in recent months, and the unemployment rate has remained low. Household spending has continued to grow strongly, while growth of business fixed investment has moderated from its rapid pace earlier in the year. On a 12-month basis, both overall inflation and inflation for items other than food and energy remain near 2 percent. Indicators of longer-term inflation expectations are little changed, on balance.



In a vacuum that statement reads positively and highlights a healthy U.S. economy. In fact, it seems to fit the definition of a "goldilocks" economy: low interest rates, full employment, low inflation and an expanding economy. Recessions are not born out of an economic health and wellness check like we received three days ago. The US economy is 72% consumer driven and when there is full employment people spend. Sure, higher interest rates may lead some consumers to postpone buying a home and it may make some revolving debt weigh heavier on the consumer. However, having the major equity indexes down by double digit percentages so far this month seems out of step with the underlying economic facts.

So how do we explain the persistent market correction we are experiencing? Market participants appear to be re-pricing assets as a result of higher interest rates, a tighter monetary policy and projected long-term slowdowns of domestic and world economies. Add in the uncertainties of the trade war with China, a new congress set to convene after the first of the year, year-end tax loss selling, and a general sense of fear and the recipe has proven to be enough to keep buyers on the sidelines and any rallies nearly impossible to sustain.

Many people have heard us say that markets overdo everything... both good and bad. We continue to maintain that this correction is vastly overdone. You may have also heard us say that investors have the uncanny habit of doing the wrong thing at the wrong time. We'll go on the record and say that "this is not the time to sell". Markets seek equilibrium and when things get overdone they balance out. Savvy investors are rewarded by being patient and sticking to the plan.

Let's look at the recent 10 year history to see how the market bounced back after a correction*. So what we are seeing today isn't unprecedented. And these fluctuations downward are consistently accompanied by recoveries and returns that investors seek from the equity markets.

There is a team of advisors at WT Wealth Management that are passionate about what we do and the clients we serve. If you feel the least bit uneasy please contact your advisor for a phone call or meeting. In the event you determine together that your risk tolerance has truly changed, and new investment decisions are not based only in emotion, we will happily work with you on making allocation changes as asset prices recover and we enjoy some of the bounce back that inevitably occurs.

Happy Holidays


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