U.S. Outlook: Are Consumers About to Feel a Squeeze?

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist

We think it’s about to get harder for consumers in the quarters ahead. For now, they actually still feel pretty good about their current job and financial situation.

Consumer sentiment just hit a three month high in October, according to the University of Michigan Survey. Indeed, U.S. households still have a lot going for them. The U.S. unemployment rate just hit a 50-year low.

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U.S. Outlook: Payrolls report doesn’t provide a clear picture

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist
Two girls working in a factory

There are signs of a cooling labor market in September’s jobs numbers. However, no signs yet of the panic and capitulation typical at the onset of a recession.

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U.S. Outlook: September Ending on a Cautionary Note

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist

The formal impeachment inquiry that has begun in the House of Representatives will likely add to daily market volatility in both the equity and the bond markets.

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A Plastic-Free Ocean Starts on Land

Jenny Flores
Posted by Jenny Flores
Corporate Social Responsibility

Every minute of every day, we dump the equivalent of a garbage truck full of plastic into the ocean. That’s 8 million metric tons of plastic a year.

In response to growing awareness of this crisis, more and more cities across the country are outlawing plastic bags. Manufacturers are starting to seek out more environmentally conscious packaging. At home, though there’s still a long way to go, many of us have made a commitment to reduce our single-use plastic footprint. And, more and more people are taking action by joining in the annual International Coastal Cleanup.

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