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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 7-13-2020 A light calendar of economic data for the week included a record increase in non-manufacturing, lower producer prices, and stronger job openings. Global equity markets rose last week, as stronger economic data outweighed mixed results of pandemic … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 7-6-2020   On a shortened holiday week, economic data included sharp improvement in manufacturing, as well as in the June employment situation report. Housing and consumer confidence also showed promise, as a variety of data points appear to … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 6-29-2020 Economic data last week included higher than expected durable goods orders, along with mixed housing and jobless claims data. Inflation results remain tempered, as expected from low consumer demand. U.S. equity markets fell sharply last week with … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 6-22-2020 Economic data continued to rebound last week from the troughs of commercial activity during lockdowns. Strength was pronounced in retail sales and industrial production, as well as carryover into the index of leading economic indicators. U.S. and … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 6-15-2020 Economic data for the week included the conclusion of the FOMC, where no monetary policy action was taken but the overall tone remained somber. In keeping with Covid-related economic disruptions, several inflation measures saw deceleration, consumer sentiment … Continue reading

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Fed Note

Fed Note: Again, as expected, the FOMC kept the fed funds interest rate steady at a lower-band target of 0.00-0.25%. Without dipping into the unchartered and controversial waters of negative rates, this is as far as they can go. The … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 6-08-2020 Economic data released last week continued to show broad shutdown-based weakness over the past several months, in manufacturing, services, construction, and employment. However, some signs of improvement are being seen on the margin, which have been taken … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 6-01-2020 On a shortened holiday week, economic data continued its lackluster trend, now reporting the well-known weakness of April and May in many industries. Included were weaker numbers for durable goods, jobless claims, and pending home sales. Consumer … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 5-26-2020 Economic news remained dreary, with expected poor results for home sales, leading economic indicators, and manufacturing—although there appear to see some signs of marginal improvement in sentiment for the latter. U.S. and foreign equity markets rose as … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 5-11-2020 Economic data for the week remained poor from Covid effects, as expected, as ISM non-manufacturing and employment plummeted to lows not seen in years. U.S. and some foreign markets rose as investors looked around the bend at … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 5-04-2020 Data for the week included lackluster results for Q1 economic growth, personal income and spending, manufacturing, and jobless claims. These were all as expected due to the rapid business shutdowns since March. U.S. and foreign equity markets … Continue reading

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Fed Note

The Federal Open Market Committee had no further policy moves to announce after their meetings this week. This follows lowering rates dramatically in March, to a minimum level of 0.00-0.25%, to counteract anticipated economic effects of the coronavirus. Other current … Continue reading

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