MARKET UPDATE

Economic Commentary

NOv 6, 2017

"As expected, nonfarm payrolls rebounded from hurricane related effects. The unemployment rate edged lower..."

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Oct 30, 2017

"The economy grew at a 3.0% annual rate in the advance estimate for the third quarter, as the hurricanes appeared..."

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Oct 23, 2017

"The Bureau of Economic Analysis will report its advance estimate of 3Q17 GDP growth on Friday. The figures will..."

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Oct 16, 2017

"Beyond all the twists, turns, and quirks in the economic data reports, the overall picture appears largely the same..."

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Oct 9, 2017

"As expected, hurricanes Harvey and Irma had a significant impact on the nonfarm payroll data. However, it’s impossible..."

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Oct 2, 2017

"Investors don’t pay much attention to the monthly report in personal income and spending. We already have a good handle..."

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Sept 25, 2017

"As expected, the Federal Open Market Committee left the federal funds target range unchanged (at 1.00-1.25%)..."

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Sept 18, 2017

"In her post-FOMC press conference, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is expected to provide a concise evaluation of..."

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Sept 11, 2017

"The Federal Open Market Committee meets September 19-20 to set monetary policy. At this point, there is little..."

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Sept 5, 2017

"Summer is normally a pleasant time, but most Americans are likely to be happy to have August 2017 in the rear view..."

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Aug 21, 2017

"“On the brink of nuclear war, Nazis marching in the street,what’s it going to take for the stock market to care..."

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Aug 14, 2017

"The July CPI data were a bit softer than anticipated, due partly to a drop in the price index for lodging away..."

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Aug 7, 2017

"There’s a fair amount of noise in the monthly employment data, but July figures remained consistent..."

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July 31, 2017

"The advance GDP report for 2Q17 contained few surprises. Growth was largely in line with expectations..."

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July 24, 2017

"Samuel Blodget was an early American merchant, amateur architect, and economist. He wrote Economica: A Statistical..."

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July 17, 2017

"Fed Chair Janet Yellen covered no new ground in hermonetary policy testimony to Congress but..."

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July 10, 2017

"The June Employment Report was about as much as stock market participants could have hoped for..."

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July 3, 2017

"Recent economic data reports have helped to fill in the picture of the economy in the first half of the year..."

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June 26, 2017

"Heading into the second half of the year, there are a number of key policy uncertainties in Washington..."

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June 19, 2017

"The June 14 Fed policy decision was expected to overshadow the mid-month economic figures. Instead..."

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june 12, 2017

"The market odds of a June 14 Fed rate hike have risen in recent weeks. Another 25-basis-point increase in short-term..."

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june 5, 2017

"Nonfarm payrolls rose less than expected in the initial estimate for May, while gains for March and April were revised..."

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may 29, 2017

"The 2nd estimate (first revision) of 1Q17 GDP growth was stronger than expected, but well within the normal range..."

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may 22, 2017

"Following the election, stock market participants gained optimism on the view that the new administration..."

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may 8, 2017

"Growth in nonfarm payrolls rebounded in April, following a soft increase in March, consistent with a longer..."

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may 1, 2017

"Real GDP rose at a 0.7% annual rate in the advance estimate for 1Q17, below the median forecast (+1.1%)..."

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April 24, 2017

"The Bureau of Economic Analysis reports its advance estimate of first quarter economic growth on Friday..."

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April 17, 2017

"It’s a long-standing adage in Washington that the federal debt is a problem only when the other party is in charge..."

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April 10, 2017

"Nonfarm payrolls were reported to have risen by “just” 98,000 in March while the unemployment rate fell..."

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April 3, 2017

"Consumer spending accounts for 69% of Gross Domestic Product. Last week, the data on the household..."

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Mar 27-Mar 31, 2017

"Upcoming data reports will help to fill in the near-termpicture of the economy..."

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Mar 20-Mar 24, 2017

"The median projection for the federal funds rate is 1.4 percent at the end of this year, 2.1 percent..."

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Mar 13-Mar 17, 2017

"Indeed, at our meeting later this month, the Committee will evaluate whether employment..."

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Feb 27-Mar 10, 2017

"Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are pliable.” – Mark Twain The majority of U.S..."

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Feb 20-Feb 24, 2017

"President Trump is expected to announce a revised tax cut plan soon...."

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Feb 13-Feb 17, 2017

"Fed Chair Janet Yellen will present her monetary policy testimony to Congress..."

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Feb 6-Feb 10, 2017

"January economic data are relatively unreliable, but recent figures paint a fairly consistent picture..."

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Jan 30-Feb 3, 2017

"Real GDP rose at a 1.9% annual rate in the initial estimate for 4Q16 with the headline..."

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Jan 23-Jan 27, 2017

“This American carnage stops right here." – Donald Trump, Inaugural Address “The Fed's goal...'"

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Jan 16-Jan 20, 2017

"Since the November election, the financial markets have priced in a more friendly business..."

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Jan 9-Jan 13, 2017

"The December Employment Report showed the job market to be in good shape...."

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Dec 19-Jan 6, 2017

"The outlook for 2017 is now shaping up as a battle of ideas, though few seem to be realizing it yet...."

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