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Some States Growing Faster Than Rest of the Country

Economic growth across the country varies by several factors, including demographics, education, weather, and industry. Read more

Debt Limit Gets Put On Suspension

Formally known as the statutory debt limit, the United States debt ceiling or debt limit is a legislative restriction on the amount of national debt that can be issued by the Treasury. Read more

Low Rates & Improved Earnings Send Stocks To Highs In July

While stocks were driven by a Fed rate cut expectation in July, earnings also became a focal point as economic weakness abroad and a strong dollar have created a challenge for earnings of U.S. multinational firms. Read more

Rates Drop Further

Fed Chair Jerome Powell communicated that the reduction in the Fed Funds rate was not going to be a series of reductions, but rather a wait and see approach contingent on economic progress over the next few months. Read more

Macro Overview - August 2019

Trade tensions escalated as the U.S. announced a 10% tariff commencing September 1st on $300 billion of Chinese imports that haven’t yet been subject to any tariffs. Read more

Equities Give Up Early Gains

In stark contrast to the strong performance during the first four months of 2019, U.S. equities faltered in May as continued trade disputes hindered economic growth expectations. Read more

Rates Drop Rapidly Amid Inverted Yield Curve

Markets tend to look at the yield curve in order to find clues as to what the expectations are about future economic growth and inflation. Read more

Changes Proposed For 401k Plans & IRAs - Retirement Planning

This past month the House of Representatives passed the SECURE Act, which will introduce various changes to retirement plans including IRAs and 401k plans. Read more

Cost of Raising Kids – Financial Planning

Since 1960, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided estimates of expenditures related to raising a child from birth to age 17. Read more

Unemployment Falls to 50 year low at 3.6% - Labor Market Update

A tight labor market with a voracious demand for skilled workers has brought the unemployment rate down to a 50 year low. Read more

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