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October 2018

It’s Only Just Begun

The U.S. economy continued to expand in the second quarter of 2018 at an increased rate of 4.2%. The growth was significantly greater than most economists had forecasted. The U.S. economy is now operating at close to peak levels when compared to past economic expansions. Unemployment is at a low 3.9% of the work force, while retail sales have begun to…

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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…

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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…

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