Stocks were mixed on the final day of a volatile week. Encouraging reports on retail sales and consumer confidence lifted the major indices. The NASDAQ posted its fourth weekly gain. The S&P and Dow snapped three-day losing streaks to achieve their third positive weeks. For the week, the Dow rose 0.07 percent to close at 28,606.31. The S&P gained 0.21 percent to finish at 3,483.81, and the NASDAQ climbed 0.79 percent to end the week at 11,671.56.
|Returns Through 10/16/20||1 Week||YTD||1 Year||3 Year||5 Year|
|Dow Jones Industrials (TR)||0.07||2.09||8.49||10.16||13.42|
|NASDAQ Composite (TR)||0.79||31.02||45.05||22.04||20.34|
|S&P 500 (TR)||0.21||9.45||18.76||13.04||13.65|
|Barclays US Agg Bond (TR)||0.24||6.81||7.20||5.18||4.09|
|MSCI EAFE (TR)||-1.45||-5.70||0.51||0.58||4.11|
Big Numbers — The NASDAQ Composite was up 25.3 percent YTD (total return) through the close of trading on Sept. 30. The NASDAQ Composite has gained at least 20 percent in four of the last 11 years, i.e., 2009-2019. (source: NASDAQ, BTN Research).
Can’t Spend What We Don’t Have — Personal income (all pretax income created from employment and investments), declined 2.7 percent on a month-over-month basis from July to August, its fourth down month in the last six months. Personal income had declined on a month-over-month basis only five times in the previous decade (source: Department of Commerce, BTN Research).
Health Insurance — For workers who access their health insurance through an employer, the average annual cost for health insurance coverage for a family plan in 2020 is $20,514, with the employer paying 67 percent of the total ($13,717) and the employee paying 33 percent ($6,797) (source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, BTN Research).
*The Standard & Poor’s 500 (S&P 500) is an unmanaged group of securities considered to be representative of the stock market in general. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a price-weighted index of 30 actively traded blue-chip stocks. NASDAQ Composite Index is an unmanaged, market-weighted index of all over-the-counter common stocks traded on the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System. The Morgan Stanley Capital International Europe, Australia and Far East Index (MSCI EAFE Index) is a widely recognized benchmark of non-U.S. stock markets. It is an unmanaged index composed of a sample of companies representative of the market structure of 20 European and Pacific Basin countries and includes reinvestment of all dividends. Barclays Capital Aggregate Bond Index is an unmanaged index comprised of U.S. investment-grade, fixed-rate bond market securities, including government, government agency, corporate and mortgage-backed securities between one and 10 years. Written by Securities America, Copyright October 2020. All rights reserved. Securities offered through Securities America, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC. SAI# 3290367.1