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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 2-19-2019 Economic data for the week included poor showings from retail sales and industrial production, in addition to higher jobless claims; inflation came in relatively muted on a producer and consumer basis; on the positive side, manufacturing and … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 2-11-2019 Economic releases were again light, as the impact of the government shutdown has altered schedules for now-stale data, but the week did see a weaker, but still strong, result for ISM non-manufacturing, a trade balance that moved … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 2-04-2019 Economic data for the week included no change in the Federal Reserve’s policy interest rate, and more mixed results from housing, while positive results originated from ISM manufacturing data and labor markets, particularly the employment situation for … Continue reading

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Fed Update

The FOMC unanimously decided on no policy action upon the conclusion of their January meeting, which was as expected. The formal statement noted continued strength in the labor market and economic activity rising at a ‘solid’ rate (downgraded from December’s … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 1-28-2019 • Economic data for the week was again limited by the government shutdown, and consisted of stronger house prices but weaker existing home sales, a tick down in the incomplete leading economic indicators, and sharply better and … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 1-21-2019 Although limited to some extent due to the Federal government shutdown, economic data for the week included a slight decline in producer prices, weaker consumer sentiment, mixed regional manufacturing results, but strong industrial production and jobless claims. … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 1-14-2019 Economic data for the week was lighter than usual, due to the Federal government shutdown, but was highlighted by a tempered but still-strong ISM services report, pullback in consumer inflation, decent labor data and release of the … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 1-07-2019 Economic data was sparse in the first week of the new year, with ISM manufacturing data disappointing, but employment numbers came in much stronger than expected. U.S. equity markets recovered during the week, largely due to Friday’s … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 12-31-2018 In a week shortened by the Holidays and a government shutdown, affecting the release of certain economic data, consumer confidence declined sharply, housing data was mixed, while jobless claims remained strong. Global equity markets ended the week … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 12-24-2018 In a busy week for economic data to nearly wrap up 2018, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by another quarter-percent.  In other economic data, sentiment, leading economic indicators and jobless claims remained strong; durable goods orders … Continue reading

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Fed Update

Fed Note: The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee raised the fed funds target rate by 0.25% to a new level of 2.25-2.50%.  This was widely anticipated, with a high futures market probability of this outcome beforehand.  There were no committee … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 12-17-2018 Economic data for the week came in mixed to decent, with retail sales a bit stronger than expected, continued strength in job openings and jobless claims, as well as tempered producer and consumer inflation results. U.S. equity … Continue reading

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