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August 08, 2017 | Market Commentary

After surging to overly optimistic levels following the U.S. presidential election, business and consumer confidence now appear to be normalizing after generating no major shift to the economic trajectory of the U.S.

Markets & Economy » Federal Reserve Hikes Rates, Ushers in Accelerated Pace

March 16, 2017 | Investment Management

In a widely expected move, on Wednesday afternoon, Federal Reserve policymakers chose to hike interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point to a range of 0.75 to 1.00 percent, noting increased inflationary pressures and economic activity that has continued to expand at a moderate pace. The …

Library » Fourth Quarter 2016 International Perspective

January 24, 2017 | Market Commentary

Quarterly Market Review Global equity markets shook off an October decline and finished the fourth quarter markedly higher on the heels of Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidential election. Expectations for policies that could lead to greater economic growth, including tax reform, increased …

Library » January 2017 Perspective

January 09, 2017 | Market Commentary

In December, Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) members voted unanimously to raise the federal funds target rate by 25 basis points from a range of 0.25–0.50% to 0.50–0.75%. Following the December 2015 rate hike, this was only the second time the FOMC raised rates in over a decade, an indication …

Library » November 2016 Perspective

November 03, 2016 | Market Commentary

The advance estimate of U.S. real GDP growth for the third quarter came in at a 2.9% annual rate, up from the second quarter’s 1.4% growth. While this was the best reading in two years, the details of the report suggest that the U.S. economy remains on a path of slow growth.

Library » October 2016 Perspective

October 10, 2016 | Market Commentary

The U.S. Federal Reserve at its September meeting once again did not raise the federal funds rate. Stronger economic data earlier in the summer increased expectations for a Fed move, but data for August that was released before the meeting painted a less optimistic picture of the U.S. economy and …


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