ThreeSixty Research Market Update – January 2018


  • As was strongly anticipated by the market, the US Fed lifted the funds rate to 1.5% in mid-December.

  • The US economy appears to be operating near capacity, with an unemployment rate of just 4.1% and an underemployment rate of 8% – the lowest since 2006.

  • The recovery in Europe continues to defy expectations, with no sign of confidence diminishing despite political uncertainty in Germany and Spain.

  • The Chinese economy has also exceeded expectations in 2017, expanding by just under 7% in the first three quarters.

  • The Australian economy is being impacted by weak wages growth, but December saw an encouraging jump in consumer sentiment.

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