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Economic Update 11-02-2015 Economic data for the week was again mixed, with advance GDP for the third quarter coming in at a tempered level, but not too far off of expectations, while housing numbers and consumer sentiment surveys disappointed.  However, the Chicago PMI manufacturing report moved back up into positive territory. Equity markets gained a bit… Read more »

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  As we wrap up a turbulent third quarter, it seems the year of 2015 will be defined by increased volatility and uncertainty… characteristics of investing that make diversification so important. This week’s chart ranks the yearly returns of various asset classes going back to going back to 2000. As you can see from the… Read more »

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Fed Note: Fed policy remains at the center of investment market focus, but the October meeting wasn’t expected to be a blockbuster one.  It didn’t disappoint, as there were no changes, but did leave December open as a possibility. The FOMC calendar was designed with eight formal meetings this year, half of which feature a press… Read more »

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Economic Update 10-26-2015 Economic data on the week was focused on several housing reports, which came in better than expected; however, the much broader index of leading economic indicators fell backward a bit. Global equity markets responded positively to news of possible (European Central Bank) and actual (China) additional quantitative easing measures designed to spur… Read more »

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Economic Update 10-19-2015 Economic data for the week was generally lackluster, seen in retail sales and several manufacturing surveys.  Inflation came in quite tempered, on par with recent months and expectations. Equity markets gained on interpretations of weak data meaning the Fed may keep raising interest rates at bay; bonds performed well with rates falling.  Crude oil… Read more »

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Economic Update 5-18-2015   Economic data for the week was mixed, with weaker-than-expected retail sales numbers, decent employment metrics and conflicting sentiment data from consumers and small businesses. Global equities gained on the week, with international stocks outperforming U.S. names—due to a weakening dollar effect—both despite a lack of major headline data to move sentiment… Read more »