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Monthly Economic Update: May 2018

U.S. Economy: Current Expansion Among the Longest in Post-War Era The pace of economic growth in the U.S. slowed somewhat in the first quarter with inflation-adjusted (real) gross domestic product (GDP) increasing by 2.3%, according to the advanced estimate…

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News by the Numbers: Week of April 30, 2018

Five noteworthy figures from the previous week 2.3% Economic expansion in the first quarter, according to the Department of Commerce. Although this number fell notably short of the 2.9% GDP reading for Q4 2017, it topped the 2.0% forecast…

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News by the Numbers: Week of April 23, 2018

Five noteworthy figures from the previous week 0.6% The improvement in retail sales in March. This was the first gain in four months, and it beat the 0.4% rise projected by economists surveyed by Bloomberg. Car and truck sales…

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Small Caps Stocks Outperforming Large Caps…For Now

A so-called “flight-to-safety” trade into small capitalization shares in recent weeks continues to lift the performance of these companies’ shares versus large caps. Since trade tensions between the U.S. and China began to boil over in early March, there’s…

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News by the Numbers: Week of April 16, 2018

Five noteworthy figures from the previous week 13.9% The average increase in dividend payments for S&P 500 companies in the first quarter. Recent corporate tax breaks (and rising interest rates) may have encouraged this development. None of the 415…

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Quarterly Economic Update: Q1 2018

Potential for Escalating Trade Dispute with China Could Become Concern for Sectors of U.S. Economy Despite weather-related factors which dampened the pace of job growth in March, demand for labor remained solid as evident in the most recent jobs…

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News by the Numbers: Week of April 9, 2018

Five noteworthy figures from the previous week 103,000 March’s net jobs gain. This number was certainly disappointing, especially after payrolls swelled with 326,000 more jobs in February. Even so, Department of Labor data shows monthly net job growth in…