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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 12-10-2018 Economic data for the week was highlighted by stronger results for ISM reports in manufacturing and services, while factory orders and employment numbers for November came in showing slower growth than expected. Global equity markets slumped, with … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 11-26-2018 On a holiday-shortened week, economic data consisted of growth, albeit at a tempered pace, of the Leading Economic Indicators, mixed housing data and jobless claims, as well as weaker durable goods orders and consumer sentiment. Global equity … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 11-19-2018 Economic data for the week was highlighted by higher retail sales, driven by energy prices, mixed regional manufacturing results, tempered inflation and jobless claims that rose slightly. Equity markets in the U.S. and developed Europe declined last … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 11-12-2018   Economic news for the week included a FOMC meeting where interest rates were held steady, manufacturing ISM declined but remained strongly positive, and jobless claims continued to show labor market strength. U.S. equity markets gained some … Continue reading

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Fed Update

Fed Note: As expected, the FOMC unanimously made no change in the fed funds target rate during the November meeting—leaving the level at 2.00-2.25%.  Their formal statement offered few surprises, noting strength in underlying economic growth and labor markets. In … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 11-05-2018 Economic data for the week was highlighted by a decent government employment report, as well as strong results from other labor measures, and stronger consumer confidence, yet weaker manufacturing data. Equity markets in both the U.S. and … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 10-22-2018 Economic data for the week was highlighted by mixed but still-strong results from manufacturing, continued growth-oriented results from a key index of leading economic indicators, weaker retail sales affected by storm activity, and poor housing market results. … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 10-15-2018 Economic data for the week featured more tempered inflation results than expected as seen in last month’s PPI and CPI, lowering the trailing year’s results.  Consumer sentiment declined and jobless claims ticked upward a bit due to … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 10-08-2018 Economic data for the week was highlighted by a weather-suppressed but otherwise decent employment report, strong results from other labor metrics such as private employment and claims, and mixed manufacturing results. Equity markets in both the U.S. … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 10-01-2018 Economic data for the week was highlighted by the Federal Reserve raising rates by a quarter-percent as expected, final GDP data for the second quarter coming in unchanged yet strong, mixed results for housing, and decelerating but … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 9-24-2018 Economic data last week showed continued signs of expansion, seen by a continued upward trend in an index of broad leading economic indicators, as well as stronger manufacturing and job markets; however, housing data continued mixed. U.S. … Continue reading

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Weekly Economic Update

Economic Update 9-17-2018 Economic news for the month included mediocre retail sales numbers, several inflation results that came in a bit lower than expected and continued strong labor market data. Equity markets gained globally, as sentiment about trade improved somewhat.  … Continue reading

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