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With 2017 now in the rearview mirror and our sights set on what lies ahead in 2018 and beyond, I wanted to take some time to recap the markets in 2017.

Q4 GDP

The first reading of Q4 GDP growth came in slightly below estimates at 2.6%, but the underlying details of the report showed that U.S. economic growth remains on solid ground. The weakness of the headline number was driven entirely by a drawdown in inventories and a surge in imports, which are unlikely to be sustained moving forward.

Every January the Allegiant Investment Committee gathers for an annual Economic and Investment Outlook Summit.

The focus of this year’s three-day summit included three major topics:

  • Current economic and investment conditions
  • Expectations for the year ahead
  • Longer-term trends that could impact the future of economic and investment activities