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Economic Update 2-1-2021

  • Economic data for the week included no action by the Federal Reserve, a 4thquarter GDP report that came in largely in line with expectations, continued strength in the housing market, and jobless claims that came in a bit better.
  • Global equity markets experienced their worst week in a few months, with ongoing fears of economic slowing due to continued virus cases, in addition to some unique trading in certain U.S. stocks that raised volumes. Bonds were little changed despite that weakness in risk assets. Commodities were slightly higher due to tighter agricultural inventories.
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Economic Update 11-23-2020

  • Economic data for the week included increases in retail sales, industrial production, and several housing metrics; a pair of regional manufacturing indexes decelerated but remained solidly in expansion.
  • World equity markets moved in different directions last week, with U.S. stocks declining and foreign stocks rising. Bonds fared well, as interest rates globally declined. Commodities also gained along with higher crude oil and industrial metals prices.
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Economic Update 9-28-2020

  • Economic data for the week included a rise in durable goods orders and strong housing results, while jobless claims remained elevated.
  • Global equity markets lost ground globally by several percent, as economic concerns continued to fester in the wake of the pandemic. Bonds were mixed, with treasuries gaining a bit, while credit pulled back. Commodities lost ground across the board along with a stronger dollar and a less clear demand/supply picture.
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Economic Update 11-18-2019

  • Economic data for the week included slightly higher-than-expected consumer and producer price inflation, positive retail sales and regional manufacturing data, while import prices declined.
  • U.S. equity markets ended the week as the best performers, with a positive showing, and outperformed mixed results in foreign equities. Bonds gained ground as interest rates fell back from recent peaks. Commodities were mixed with higher oil prices, but weaker showings from industrial metals and natural gas.