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Forecast for the Week: US economic growth is front and center with 3rd Quarter GDP hitting the wires

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As you can see, what the Fed says about the economy and inflation can have a big impact on rates and the financial markets. This coming week may be another exciting and potentially volatile one as the Fed will see one of the more important economic reports of the month… Read more »

Last Week in Review: Rates hit seven-year highs midweek on the heels of a confusing Fed message

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Our Federal Reserve has a dual mandate – to maintain price stability (inflation) and maximum employment. They also have a 3rd “unstated” mandate, which is to maintain market calm. This past week, the Fed came up a bit short on that “unstated” mandate and created quite a bit of confusion… Read more »

Forecast for the Week: Corporate Earnings and Guidance are front and center

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The upcoming week will bring some key economic data that includes the closely watched Retail Sales Report for September. The markets will be watching this report to gauge the health of consumer spending as we head into the all-important holiday shopping season. Consumer spending makes up 70% of Gross Domestic… Read more »

Last Week in Review: Rates were higher early in the week – but improved on the heels of a soft Consumer Inflation reading and rout in Stocks

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When following the direction of interest rates, one only has to follow the direction of inflation. If inflation is moving higher, rates are going higher. The opposite is also true. Lately, there has been a growing fear that inflation is threatening to rise due to our tight labor market, strong… Read more »

Forecast for the Week: On Thursday, all eyes will be on the Consumer Price Index to see if inflation is indeed ticking up

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After last week’s plunge in Bond prices, which ushered in multi-year high yields and mortgage rates, financial markets and traders will have an important consumer inflation report to break down this week – the Consumer Price Index. One of the dual mandates of the Federal Reserve is to “maintain price… Read more »