South Leads U.S. In New Home Growth - Housing Market Update

Each month the U.S. Census Bureau releases data detailing how many permits have been issued for new homes nationwide. Economists look at the issuance of permits as a indication of housing market strength and future economic growth. Read more

Current Environment - Macro Overview

Thus far this year, global factors have been significant drivers of U.S. bond and equity markets, as stimulus programs in place by international central banks have helped propel stock prices higher and bond yields lower over the past few months. Read more

What The Big Drop In The Euro Means For Europe - Currency Overview

Since reaching an all-time high of 1.57 euros to the dollar in April 2008, the euro has retracted over 30%, as it now nears parity (1:1) with the U.S. dollar. Read more

Fixed Income Overview - Global Bond Markets & Interest Rate Environment

Comments by the Fed suggesting that rates would stay low for a continued period of time realigned the currency markets as the dollar fell against most major currencies in late March. Read more

“Die Rich By Living Poor Or Die Poor By Living Rich” - Estate Planning

A remarkable story of a gentleman who passed away in March at the age of 92, with an estate worth nearly $8 million, stunned his friends and everyone who knew him. Read more

Equity Overview - Domestic Equity Markets

Major stock market indices ended the first quarter of 2015 rather flat, with the S&P 500 up 0.44%, the Dow Jones Average down 0.26%, and the technology heavy Nasdaq up 3.48%. Read more

Hourseholds Spending The Least on Gasoline in 11 Years - Consumers

This past quarter, the EIA released estimates showing that the average U.S. household is expected to spend about $550 less on gasoline in 2015 compared with 2014, as annual motor fuel expenditures are on track to fall to their lowest level in 11 years. Read more

Current Environment - Macro Overview

The first quarter of 2015 saw increased volatility as a preoccupation prevailed with weak oil prices, feeble economic growth, and a strong dollar affecting U.S. corporate earnings. Read more

Sweden: The Mistake Yellen Wants to Avoid

Women-friendly work laws. An inclusive social safety net. Beautiful bike lanes. While there's a lot to love about what Sweden's policy makers have done, here's one blunder the U.S. will want to avoid: Underestimating the dangers of too-low inflation. Read more

How $50 Oil Changes Almost Everything

The plummeting price of oil means no more trout ice cream. Read more

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