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July 06, 2016 | Market Commentary

The nonfarm payroll report released at the beginning of June showed that the economy created only a paltry 38,000 jobs in May, well below the 178,000 average for the first four months of the year. The unemployment rate fell to 4.7% from 5.0%, but only due to a significant drop in the size of the …

Library » June 2016 Perspective

June 03, 2016 | Market Commentary

There continues to be mixed economic data coming out of the U.S. For example, while manufacturing survey data remain soft and the jobs report released at the beginning of May came in below consensus forecasts, retail sales have been relatively strong and the growth in new home sales has been …

Library » May 2016 Perspective

May 05, 2016 | Market Commentary

The advance estimate of first quarter 2016 real GDP came in at a 0.5% seasonally-adjusted annual rate. A decline in business spending was the primary drag on the economy, as nonresidential fixed investment detracted from the overall growth rate.

Library » March 2016 Perspective

March 07, 2016 | Market Commentary

A revised estimate of real gross domestic product (GDP) showed the economy expanded at a 1.0% annualized rate in the fourth quarter, up from an initial estimate of 0.7% growth. A change to inventories accounted for nearly all of the upward revision.


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