Current Environment - Macro Overview

Markets responded fastidiously to comments by Federal Reserve members that the U.S. economy was strong enough to start absorbing a gradual rise in rates. Read more

Fixed Income Update - Global Bond Markets

The U.S. Treasury canceled an auction of 2-year Treasury notes in October, due to debt ceiling constraints that became an issue during the month. Read more

U.S. Equity Update - Domestic Stock Market

Equity markets in October recouped some of the losses suffered in August and September as major indices rose for the month. Read more

U.S. Has Among Highest Corporate Tax Rates - Fiscal Policy Review

Low overseas tax rates for large publicly traded U.S. companies seem unsustainable and could eventually pose a problem for corporate earnings, primarily affecting multinationals. Read more

Current Environment - Macro Overview

Volatility led to gains in October following two months of volatility and market turmoil as the Fed’s indecisiveness raised speculation that rates wouldn’t rise until after the beginning of the year. Read more

Fixed Income Update - Global Bond Markets

Anticipation is building as the Fed nears a decisive move to raise rates before year end. Some believe that the Fed may have missed its chance to raise rates, which would have conveyed a sense of confidence about the nation’s economy. Read more

Job Openings Hit New Highs

The number of positions waiting to be filled nationwide jumped by over 430,000 this past month as reported by the Department of Labor. Read more

Traffic Volume Increasing - Domestic Commerce

Economy activity can be measured by the movement and transportation of goods, as products and consumers traverse across the highways of the nation. Read more

U.S. Equity Update - Domestic Stock Market

Volatility driven by uncertainty surrounding the Fed’s rate hike decision and international growth concerns drove equity markets lower in the 3rd quarter. Read more

Home Prices Back to Pre-Crisis Levels - Housing Market Overview

Data released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency in September acknowledged that home prices across the nation were essentially back to their levels before the housing crisis. Read more

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