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Monthly Market Update for June 2017

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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Please find the next blog in our monthly series that provides timely market data as well as perspectives on the current state of the economy and the global financial markets. Global Economy: Mixed signals continue in the US economy.  The Commerce Department revised 1Q-17 real gross domestic product (GDP) upward from 1.2% to 1.4%, which now represents a full doubling of the initial estimate for economic growth, as consumer spending and exports have been revised higher.  On the other hand, the latest report on personal consumption expenditures (PCE) indicated that spending declined in May, restraining the overall monthly increase to…

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Monthly Market Update for May 2017

Thursday, June 8, 2017

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Please find the next blog in our monthly series that provides timely market data as well as perspectives on the current state of the economy and the global financial markets. Global Economy: In the US, the Commerce Department revised 1Q-17 real gross domestic product (GDP) upward from 0.7% to 1.2%. Personal consumption expenditures (PCE) rose 0.2% in April, but year-over-year (YoY) reading was 1.7%, down from the 1.9% annual rate in March.  The labor market was mixed, with jobless claims remaining relatively low and unemployment declining to 4.3% (its lowest level in 16 years).  Wage growth remains stubbornly low at…

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Monthly Market Update for April 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

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Please find the next blog in our monthly series that provides timely market data as well as perspectives on the current state of the economy and the global financial markets. Global Economy: There was a sigh of relief from investors in April following the first round of elections in France and the announcement of the upcoming election in the United Kingdom (UK).  The likelihood of a moderate president in France and a less-divided House of Lords during Brexit negotiations led to decreased expectations of turmoil in the European Union (EU), and consequently increased the market’s overall appetite for risk.  All

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Monthly Market Update for March 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

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Please find the next blog in our monthly series that provides timely market data as well as perspectives on the current state of the economy and the global financial markets. Global Economy: Throughout March, financial markets began to formally take notice of certain “gaps” that have developed across the political and economic landscape.  Observing the partisan fractures that exist between the new administration and Congress, an expectations gap emerged between pro-growth policy aspirations and the less-optimistic reality of when and to what degree the proposed changes can be implemented.  Embarking on its ninth year of economic expansion, recent indicators for…

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Monthly Market Update for February 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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Please find the next blog in our monthly series that provides timely market data as well as perspectives on the current state of the economy and the global financial markets. Global Economy: Measures of US economic sentiment continued to gain strength, even as the pace of real activity has yet to fully reflect this high level of optimism.   In response to the prospects of pro-growth policies offered by the new US administration, both consumer and business confidence remained on an uptrend.  The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence index advanced to 114.8 in February from January’s 111.6.  The potential for tax cuts…

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