Brad McMillan, Commonwealth’s CIO, recaps the market and economic news for January. It was a great month for the financial markets. Despite the government shutdown, signs of an economic slowdown, and dropping consumer and business confidence, U.S. and international markets were up. Plus, job and wage growth were strong, and companies made more money than expected. With the fundamentals solid, even the Federal Reserve hit pause on interest rate increases. So, what should we expect in the month ahead? Stay tuned to find out. Follow Brad at blog.commonwealth.com/independent-market-observer.