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July 23, 2015

Accounting for the U.S. Consumer’s Gas Savings Windfall

Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) have increased throughout the recovery as incomes have grown and confidence has improved. This needs to be taken into account when analyzing growth in PCE linked to the fall in energy prices in order to avoid confusing growth that would have occurred regardless of the change in energy prices. This way we can isolate the change in consumption trends which were spurred by changes in energy prices.

July 20, 2015

Managing Spending Needs in Today’s Low Interest Rate Environment

For many investors, the need for current income to support spending needs is a primary investment objective. For example, investors that may place a priority on maintaining stability of current income needs include...

July 13, 2015

Share Buybacks in Today’s U.S. Equities Environment

S&P 500 companies announced a record $133 billion in share buybacks in April, furthering a trend that has provided support to U.S. equity markets in recent years. The surge in companies buying back their own stock is getting a lot of attention these days.

July 13, 2015

Country in Focus: Germany

Germany is a large, economically diverse, and technologically advanced export powerhouse. Its hypercompetitive economy has benefited immensely in recent years from past reforms to its labor market regulation and welfare system. The country has developed a well-educated and skilled labor force, solid infrastructure, and a strong legal framework characterized by robust institutions and relatively low levels of corruption.

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