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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 8-06-2018 Economic news during the week was highlighted by the Fed’s decision to keep interest rates steady, a lukewarm employment situation report for July but stronger labor data in other reports, decent housing numbers, but weaker ISM manufacturing … Continue reading

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Fed Update

Fed Update:   The FOMC concluded their monetary policy meeting today, which, as expected, resulted in no change to the fed funds rate—currently targeted to a range of 1.75-2.00%.  There were no dissenting votes. The formal narrative again was positive … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 7-30-2018 Economic data for the week was highlighted by the 2ndquarter GDP report, with the best results in five years.  Durable goods were mixed, as were jobless claims, while housing data generally came in below expectations. U.S. equity … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 7-09-2018 Economic data was highlighted by another decent employment report, as well as gains in the ISM manufacturing and non-manufacturing indexes. U.S. equity markets were stronger on the week as economic results outweighed trade/tariff worries; foreign stocks were … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 7-02-2018 Economic data for the week featured a slight downtick in first quarter GDP, a drop in durable goods orders, pending home sales and consumer confidence, while new home sales and jobless claims remained strong. U.S. and foreign … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 6-25-2018 Economic data last week saw manufacturing experience a bit of a decline, housing was mixed, although housing starts and prices were higher, jobless claims were mixed but remained strong, while the index of leading economic indicators continued … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 6-18-2018 Economic data for the week was dominated by the U.S. Federal Reserve raising short-term interest rates by a quarter point.  Otherwise, retail sales and manufacturing showed strong gains, as did jobless claims and consumer sentiment, while inflation … Continue reading

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Fed Note

Fed Note: The June FOMC meeting concluded with members deciding to raise the fed funds target rate by 0.25%, for the seventh time this cycle, to a new range of 1.75-2.00%.  As the probability of this happening was over 95%, … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 6-11-2018 Economic data for the week consisted of better-than-expected non-manufacturing index data and continued strength in job openings and jobless claims, while the trade deficit shrank a bit. Equity markets continued their winning run with U.S. stocks outgaining … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 6-04-2018   Economic data for the week was highlighted by a slight reduction in Q1 GDP, strong manufacturing data, mixed housing data, but a stronger-than-expected employment situation report. Equity markets gained on the week in the U.S., but … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 5-29-2018   Economic data for the week was highlighted by a mixed durable goods report, slightly higher jobless claims, and weak housing results for new and existing home sales, as well as weaker consumer sentiment. Equity markets the … Continue reading

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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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