Quarterly Economic Update – Q3

In this Q3 recap: stocks climb, U.S. economic indicators shine, yearly inflation decreases slightly, and a trade war gets underway.

A review of Q3 2018, Presented by the Northeast Investment Group

THE QUARTER IN BRIEF

The third quarter of 2018 shall be remembered as a great one for stocks. The Dow Industrials, Nasdaq Composite, and S&P 500 all rose more than 7% in three months as bullish investors maintained their confidence in the face of some momentous news developments. Consistently strong economic indicators and impressive corporate profits helped motivate the summer rally. While the prospect of a global trade war did not ruffle Wall Street, investors in other regions shouldered more worry about the imposition of tariffs. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve continued raising interest rates, the housing market cooled, and wage growth improved.1

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