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Consumer Price Index (CPI) is an inflationary indicator that measures the change in the cost of a fixed basket of products and services, including housing, electricity, food and transportation.
Dow Jones Industrial Average (DOW) is a price weighted average of 30 blue-chip stocks that are generally the leaders in their industry.
The Federal Reserve (Fed) is the central bank of the United States and is commonly known as “The Fed”. It regulates the U.S. monetary and financial system. The Fed's mandate is to promote sustainable growth, high levels of employment, stability of prices to help preserve the purchasing power of the dollar and moderate long-term interest rates.
Federal Funds Rate (Fed Funds) is the interest rate at which depository institutions actively trade balances held at the Federal Reserve.
Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is the policy-making branch of the Federal Reserve that reviews economic and financial conditions and determines an appropriate stance of monetary policy by setting a target for the federal funds rate.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the total market value of all final goods and services produced in a country in a given year, equal to total consumer, investment and government spending, plus the value of exports, minus the value of imports.
Gold Index – is the U.S. dollar per Troy ounce.
MSCI EAFE Index is a market capitalization weighted index composed of companies representative of the market structure of 20 Developed Market countries in Europe, Australasia and the Far East. Net of taxes is calculated for Morgan Stanley Capital International Equity Indices in U.S. dollars as dividend reinvested minus withholding taxes retained at the source for non-resident individuals who do not benefit from a double taxation treaty.
MSCI Emerging Markets Index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index that is designed to measure equity market performance of emerging markets. As of June 2018, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index consisted of the following 24 emerging market country indices: Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and United Arab Emirates.
MSCI Emerging Markets Currency Index sets the weights of each currency equal to the relevant country weight in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index.
MSCI US REIT Index is a free float- adjusted market capitalization weighted index that is comprised of equity REITs that are included in the MSCI US Investable Market 2500 Index, with the exception of specialty equity REITs that do not generate a majority of their revenue and income from real estate rental and leasing operations. The index represents approximately 85% of the US REIT universe.
MSCI World Index is a free-float weighted equity index. It was developed with a base value of 100 as of December 31, 1969. MSCI World includes developed world markets, and does not include emerging markets.
MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) is a market capitalization weighted index designed to provide a broad measure of equity-market performance throughout the world. It is comprised of stocks from both developed and emerging markets.
Nasdaq 100 Stock Index is a modified capitalization-weighted index of the 100 largest and most active non-financial domestic and international issues listed on the NASDAQ. No security can have more than a 24 percent weighting.
NFIB Small Business Optimism Index is an index compiled from a survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business to its members. It tracks the general state of the economy as it relates to businesses.
Oil ($ barrel)/West Texas Intermediate (WTI) is a grade of crude oil used as a benchmark in oil pricing.
Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is a group consisting of 12 of the world's major oil-exporting nations. OPEC aims to manage the supply of oil in an effort to set the price of oil on the world market, in order to avoid fluctuations that might affect the economies of both producing and purchasing countries.
Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) is an indicator of economic health for manufacturing and service sectors. The purpose of the PMI is to provide information about current business conditions to company decision makers, analysts and purchasing managers.
Russell 2500 measures the performance of the smallest 2,500 companies in the Russell 3000 Index. This index is constructed to give a comprehensive and unbiased barometer for the small and mid-cap segment of the U.S. equity universe.
S&P 500 Index is a composite of 500 of the largest companies in the United States and it is often used as a measure of the overall U.S. stock market.
US Treasury is a debt obligation backed by the U.S. government with a fixed interest rate and a maturity between one and 10 years.
Unemployment Rate tracks the number of unemployed persons as a percentage of the labor force (the total number of employed plus unemployed).
The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index (VIX Index) – reflects a market estimate of future volatility, based on the weighted average of the implied volatilities for a wide rate of strikes.
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