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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 5-23-2022 Economic data for the week included gains in retail sales and industrial production. On the other hand, regional manufacturing sentiment fell back, as did several housing metrics as activity slowed along with historically-low residential home inventories. Global … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 5-16-2022 Economic data for the week included higher readings for the producer price and consumer price indexes—continuing a trend of higher inflation. However, import prices saw some relief. Continuing jobless claims fell further to very low levels, indicating … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 5-09-2022 Economic data for the week included the Federal Reserve raising short-term interest rates by a half-percent, an amount not seen in over two decades. The employment situation report for April continued to show a strong improvement in … Continue reading

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Fed Update

The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee turned more aggressive in this month’s meeting by raising the key fed funds interest rate by 0.50%—for the first time in over twenty years by that amount—to a new range of 0.75-1.00%. There were … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 5-02-2022 Economic data for the week included a surprisingly negative U.S. GDP result for the first quarter. Housing data was mixed, with slower sales, but home prices reached record highs. Consumer sentiment fell back a bit, but durable … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 4-25-2022 Economic data for the week included declines in several national housing numbers, such as existing home sales and homebuilder sentiment; however, housing starts rose a bit. The index of leading economic indicators showed growth, but at a … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 4-18-2022 Economic data for the week included gains in retail sales, as well as improvement in consumer sentiment, and continued healthy jobless claims. However, producer and consumer price inflation continued to come in at multi-decade high levels. In … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 4-11-2022 In a light week for economic data, ISM services sentiment continued to show strength, while the minutes from the most recent March Fed meeting laid out a plan for faster rate hikes and a plan to allow … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 4-04-2022 Economic data for the week included minimal revisions to prior-quarter U.S. GDP growth, and a slight decline in the pace of still-positive ISM manufacturing sentiment. Housing prices continued to rise at a solid clip, while labor markets … Continue reading

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April Model Update Announcement

It has been a volatile start to the 2022 year; the LSA committee will be implementing model updates to the mutual fund and ETF models.  These changes will only impact the models listed at this time.  As bonds continue to … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 3-28-2022 Economic data for the week included a decline in durable goods orders and new home sales, and consumer sentiment fell to multi-year lows. However, jobless claims again reached multi-decade levels of strength. U.S. equity markets gained ground … Continue reading

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Fed Update 3-16-2022

The Federal Reserve Open Market Committee raised the key fed funds interest rate today by 0.25%, to a new range of 0.25-0.50%. This first hike in four years was as expected, with the Fed communicating their intention and amount fairly … Continue reading

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