Market Update: September 2018

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Rising Costs Impacting Home Sales

Rising home prices and higher mortgage rates appear to be impacting home sales nationally. According to a national home price index, home prices have increased by over 6.3% in the past year. Meanwhile, the US 30-year fixed mortgage rate has increased from about 4.0% a year ago to over 4.6% in August 2018. Read more...

 

Market Update: July 2018

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Inflation Expectations

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) and the markets continue to provide divergent views on where short-term rates are headed. By 2020, FOMC projections show rates near 3.50% while the market expects overnight rates to rise only to about 2.50%. So what is making the Fed continue to tighten policy when growth remains well below pre-crisis levels? Read more...

Market Update: June 2018

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Steady Economic Growth

The US economy maintained a steady pace of growth during the first quarter. GDP rose at an annual rate of 2.2% driven by business investment and consumer spending. Improvements stemmed from income tax cuts and a strong labor market. Q1 2018 Consumer spending rose 1% following a robust 4% in Q4 2017.  Read more...

Market Update: May 2018

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Fed Prepared for Inflation Over 2% Target

Growth in Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE) is the Federal Reserve’s preferred measure of inflation. PCE rose 2.0% in March, which was the first time in more than a year that it was on target. Excluding food and energy costs, prices rose 0.2% in March from February and were up 1.9% for the year.  Read more...

Market Update: April 2018

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Market Volatility Increased in March

Trade-war fears, technology company weakness, White House turnover and action by the Federal Reserve all contributed to higher market volatility in March. For the month, the S&P 500 index was lower by over 5.5% and yields on the 10-year US Treasury bond were 13 basis points lower. Read more...

Market Update: March 2018

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Inflation Remains Below the Fed's Target

Some measures of inflation have risen at a faster pace in recent months, but overall, inflation remains relatively low. In a report released on March 1st, the Fed’s preferred price gauge, core personal consumption expenditures (PCE), excluding food and energy, was up 1.5% from January 2017. Read more...

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