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Quarterly reviews


July 2018

Full Steam Ahead

U.S. economic growth is accelerating. This is long awaited and welcome news. Economists are expecting the second quarter to report almost 4% GDP growth. Unemployment is approaching historic lows and consumer spending continues to increase. Companies have used the new tax cuts to invest in…


April 2018

Uncertainty Creates Opportunity

The first quarter of 2018 has reminded investors that volatility remains alive and well across the investment landscape. Although the quarter was a bumpy ride for stocks, bond prices increased in line with our expectations. U.S. GDP growth accelerated, up 2.5% in 2017 from 1.8% in 2016, providing evidence of an improving U.S. economy. This stronger rate of economic growth gave
support for the Federal Reserve’s anticipated three interest rate hikes this year…


January 2018
We Have Come A Long Way

Nine years ago (2008) the U.S. economy was contracting at the fastest rate in more than 50 years and the economy was losing hundreds of thousands of jobs a month. The Federal Reserve initiated quick and decisive action utilizing “Quantitative Easing” in an effort to stabilize the decline. The Federal Funds rate was lowered significantly and the Fed began buying both U.S. Government bonds and mortgage backed securities to stabilize credit markets…