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Clarksville Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of June 19th, 2016

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The Federal Open Market Committee left short-term interest rates unchanged, as expected.

In its policy statement, the FOMC noted that “the pace of improvement in the labor market has slowed while growth in economic activity appears to have picked up.” At the same time, “growth in household spending has strengthened” and “the drag from net exports appears to have lessened.”

The dots in the dot plot drifted a bit lower (that is, expectations of future rate increases become even more gradual).

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In her press conference, Fed Chair Yellen suggested that a “cautious” approach to raising rates was still valid.

The economic data were varied, showing a moderate trend in retail sales, a weak trend in industrial production, and mixed residential construction activity – all consistent with moderate growth in the near term. Inflation figures showed some pressure from higher gasoline prices. Ex-food & energy, prices of consumer goods continued to edge lower, while services continued to advance, led by higher shelter costs. There were some signs of budding inflation pressure coming through raw materials (still down significantly year-over-year).

Despite their obvious importance, the Fed policy meeting results and the economic data were overshadowed by global growth concerns and fears that the United Kingdom will vote to leave the European Union. Recent polls have shown the “leave” vote in the lead, but many believe the polls to be unreliable and betting odds have remained in favor of “remain.”

Next week, Yellen will present her monetary policy testimony to Congress. However, the markets are expected to be more focused on the U.K. referendum (polls close at 5:00pm EDT Thursday and results are likely to be announced between 9 p.m. and midnight). A “remain” victory would likely result in a higher stock market and some unwinding of the flight to safety (higher bond yields). A “leave” victory would send stock markets down.



Last Last Week YTD return %
DJIA 17733.10 17838.56 1.77%
NASDAQ 4844.91 4971.36 -3.25%
S&P 500 2077.99 2105.26 1.67%
MSCI EAFE 1568.83 1652.98 -8.59%
Russell 2000 1148.19 1170.58 1.08%


Consumer Money Rates

Last 1 year ago
Prime Rate 3.50 3.25
Fed Funds 0.52 0.13
30-year mortgage 3.52 4.00



Last 1 year ago
Dollars per British Pound 1.429 1.425
Dollars per Euro 1.126 1.126
Japanese Yen per Dollar 104.27 104.28
Canadian Dollars per Dollar 1.291 1.292
Mexican Peso per Dollar 18.875 18.875



Last 1 year ago
Crude Oil 46.21 46.59
Gold 1298.40 1291.10


Bond Rates

Last 1 month ago
2-year treasury 0.69 0.88
10-year treasury 1.61 1.85
10-year municipal (TEY) 2.18 2.42


Treasury Yield Curve – 06/17/2016

As of close of business 06/16/2016

Treasury Yield Curve – 06/17/2016


Economic Calendar

June 21 Fed Chair Yellen’s Monetary Policy Testimony
June 22 Existing Home Sales (May)
Yellen Testimony part 2
June 23 Jobless Claims (week ending June 4)
New Home Sales (May)
Leading Economic Indicators (May)
UK referendum vote on EU membership
June 24 Durable Goods Orders (May)

Important Disclosures

Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. There are special risks involved with global investing related to market and currency fluctuations, economic and political instability, and different financial accounting standards. The above material has been obtained from sources considered reliable, but we do not guarantee that it is accurate or complete. There is no assurance that any trends mentioned will continue in the future. While interest on municipal bonds is generally exempt from federal income tax, it may be subject to the federal alternative minimum tax, state or local taxes. In addition, certain municipal bonds (such as Build America Bonds) are issued without a federal tax exemption, which subjects the related interest income to federal income tax. Investing involves risk and investors may incur a profit or a loss.

US government bonds and treasury bills are guaranteed by the US government and, if held to maturity, offer a fixed rate of return and guaranteed principal value. US government bonds are issued and guaranteed as to the timely payment of principal and interest by the federal government. Treasury bills are certificates reflecting short-term (less than one year) obligations of the US government.

Commodities trading is generally considered speculative because of the significant potential for investment loss. Markets for commodities are likely to be volatile and there may be sharp price fluctuations even during periods when prices overall are rising. Specific sector investing can be subject to different and greater risks than more diversified investments.

Tax Equiv Muni yields (TEY) assume a 35% tax rate on triple-A rated, tax-exempt insured revenue bonds.

Material prepared by Raymond James for use by its financial advisors.

The information contained herein has been obtained from sources considered reliable, but we do not guarantee that the foregoing material is accurate or complete. Data source: Bloomberg, as of close of business June 16th, 2016.

©2016 Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. member FINRA / SIPC.

Frazier Allen
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Frazier Allen, WMS, CRPS, Financial Advisor with F&M Bank 50 Franklin Street | Clarksville, TN 37040 | 931-553-2048

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