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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 5-21-2018 Economic data for the week came in generally strong, with retail sales, industrial and manufacturing data, jobless claims and leading indicators all coming in solidly positive.  Housing starts, however, declined more than expected. U.S. equity markets were … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 5-14-2018 Economic data for the week was highlighted by lower-than expected inflation as measured by PPI and CPI, decent consumer sentiment, as well as continued strong labor numbers. U.S. markets gained sharply last week, with foreign equities also … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 5-07-2018 Economic data for the week was highlighted by a FOMC meeting in which policy was left unchanged, some mixed to lower results for a variety of manufacturing and services indexes; the April employment situation report was mixed … Continue reading

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Fed Note

The May FOMC meeting ended with a unanimous vote of no action on the interest rate front, as predicted, with the fed funds rate target remaining at 1.50-1.75%.  The formal statement showed little change from the March edition, with continued … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 4-23-2018 Economic data for the week was highlighted by stronger retail sales, industrial production and leading economic indicator reports, mixed manufacturing results, and lackluster housing data. U.S. equity markets rose for the week, beating foreign stocks, with help … Continue reading

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First Quarter Client Letter

First Quarter Client Letter   Listen to a quick note from Brad Kasper on FANN Radio.   What a difference a quarter can make! Last year, quarter after quarter passed with all news treated as good news and the turmoil … Continue reading

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Weekl Economic Update

Economic Update 4-16-2018 Economic data for the week included producer and consumer inflation reports that showed pricing ticking upward, as expected, while sentiment declined and labor data, while strong, came in below expectations. Global equities gained upon more tempered language … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 4-09-2018 Economic data for the week was led by weaker-but-still-robust reports for manufacturing and non-manufacturing activity, yet mixed results for jobless claims and a weaker-than-expected employment situation report for March—likely weather-affected. U.S. equity markets swung dramatically in both … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 3-12-2018 Economic news for the week included a slight decline in the still-strong non-manufacturing ISM index, and a deterioration in the trade deficit, while the employment numbers for February showed strong labor growth yet a tempering in wage … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 2-26-2018 In a slower, holiday-shortened week, a sparse amount of economic data was led by a decline in existing home sales, a sharp move higher in leading economic indicators, a strong jobless claims report, coupled with FOMC minutes … Continue reading

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Communicating the Recent Market Volatility with Clients

Listen to how Bud Kasper is communicating the recent spike in market volatility to his clients Click here for playback

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Fed Note

The first FOMC meeting of the year was uneventful, as expected, with no action on the interest rate policy front, with short-term rates kept to a targeted range of 1.25-1.50%.  There were no dissents.  As there was also no planned … Continue reading

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