Weekly Market Commentary

April 8, 2019

 

The Markets

The first quarter of 2019 brought a welcome reversal.

The U.S. stock market has delivered attractive returns year-to-date, suggesting investors anticipate strong economic growth ahead. The bond market has calmed down due to the Fed saying they were not going to raise rates.

While a recession may not be imminent, there are signs economies around the world are growing more slowly.

Slowing growth isn’t a sign recession is imminent in the United States. Last week’s jobs report suggests the American economy is still healthy and a lot hinges on the China tariff talks.

 

Exercise is important – really important – but don’t get too much. Researchers tested the relationship between mental health and exercise by collecting self-reported data from 1.2 million Americans. They discovered exercise – including everything from childcare and housework to weight lifting and running – can improve mental health.

Americans who were active tended to be happier and experienced poor mental health about 35 days a year. In contrast, those who remained inactive felt bad emotionally about 53 days a year, reported Entrepreneur.com. Exercising in a social setting – team sports, classes, and group cycling, for instance – appeared to deliver the biggest mental health benefits.

The study’s findings indicated it might be possible to exercise too much. “Exercising for 30-60 minutes was associated with the biggest reduction in poor mental health days…Small reductions were still seen for people who exercised more than 90 minutes a day, but exercising for more than three hours a day was associated with worse mental health than not exercising at all. The authors note that people doing extreme amounts of exercise might have obsessive characteristics which could place them at greater risk of poor mental health.”

If you’re not exercising regularly, you may want to find ways to include it in your day.

 

Focus On The Positive

“When you can, you want to plan for tomorrow, but don’t worry about it so that you can enjoy today.” –Lou Holtz