August 5, 2019

The Federal Reserve lowered the Federal Funds target interest rate by .25% this past week to 2.25%, marking the first Federal Reserve interest rate decrease in 10 years, and a shift in policy to stimulate the economy.  The move was remarkable since it comes at a time when unemployment is at 3.7% and the economy, by most measures, is still...

October 15, 2018

We all hate inflation when the cost of goods and services rise. Fortunately, for more than a decade, inflation in the United States has remained low, and we have all become accustomed to prices slowly, gently rising over time. Similarly, the stock and bond markets have become accustomed to stable, low inflation, and that has helped propel...

February 26, 2018

The good news continues to roll in for the global economy. As we discussed at last week’s investor conference, one of the most prominent features of the current global expansion is its breadth, as almost every part of the world is growing. However, the most recent forecasts for global growth had a new feature, ‘acceleration.’ For example,...

February 12, 2018

Last week saw several days of increased volatility and negative returns. We believe there are several culprits responsible for the turmoil and a few things to keep in mind as we look ahead to the rest of the year.

Inflationary Pressure

As the economy strengthens and companies find themselves on stable ground, they begin to raise prices. Not...

February 20, 2017

Hourly wage growth accelerated in the fourth quarter of 2016, rising to the highest level since 2010, providing yet another indication of strength in the economy. The data tracked by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta showed a year over year increase of 3.9% in October and November and a 3.5% increase in December.  By comparison, wage gr...

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