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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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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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Weekly Economic Update for December 3, 2018

Weekly Economic Update for December 3, 2018


December 3, 2018

COMMENTS FROM JEROME POWELL INSPIRE A RALLY

Wall Street liked what it heard from Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell last week. While speaking Wednesday to an audience in New York, Powell stated that interest rates “remain just below the broad range of estimates of the level that would be neutral for the economy – that is, neither speeding up nor slowing down growth.” He also noted there was “no preset policy path” for raising interest rates in the near term.

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