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Weekly Economic Update for December 31, 2018

Weekly Economic Update for December 31, 2018


December 31, 2018

Year-End Special Edition: A Look Back at 2018

The close of the year provides an opportunity for investors to step back and consider the wider financial landscape. This week, we’re reviewing some key issues that defined 2018, as well as some factors that may influence financial markets in the coming year.

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Estate Planning Lite: College-Aged Children Need a Basic Estate Plan

Estate Planning Lite: College-Aged Children Need a Basic Estate Plan


If your son or daughter currently is home from college on winter break, now is a good time to sit down and discuss a few estate planning documents he or she should have at this stage of life. Let’s take a closer look at four such documents:

1.

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Weekly Economic Update for Monday, December 24

Weekly Economic Update for Monday, December 24


December 24, 2018

FED FAILS TO CALM WALL STREET

Federal Reserve policymakers voted unanimously last week to raise the benchmark interest rate by another 0.25%, putting the main overnight lending rate in the 2.25-2.50% range. Investors hoped for a hint of a pause in the Fed’s tightening plans, yet no such signal emerged.

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Weekly Economic Update for December 17, 2018

Weekly Economic Update for December 17, 2018


December 17, 2018

As FUEL GROWS CHEAPER, INFLATION BECOMES TAMER

Last week, the latest Consumer Price Index arrived, showing no move for headline inflation in November and a 0.2% core inflation increase. That precisely matched the consensus forecast of economists polled by Reuters.

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Weekly Economic Update for December 10, 2018

Weekly Economic Update for December 10, 2018


December 10, 2018

HIRING PACE SLOWS

In November, U.S. employers added a net 155,000 hires to their payrolls. That compares with a (revised) gain of 237,000 recorded by the federal government for October. The Department of Labor’s latest jobs report showed the main unemployment rate holding steady at just 3.7%, and the U-6 rate (unemployed and underemployed) rising 0.2% to 7.6%.

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