All Posts Tagged: interest rates

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: Sleepy Money Market Wakes Up From Its Hibernation

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist

It’s all about bank reserves and the demand for liquidity. This week money market rates went haywire for the first time since the early days of the financial crisis. The overnight repo rate spiked to almost 10.0% on Tuesday, but that wasn’t the only overnight money market rate to shoot higher.

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U.S. Outlook: Another worrying sign—the job market

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist

U.S. job growth slowed considerably in August, raising the possibility of two more Federal Reserve rate cuts this year.

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Investment Insights: A fragile mood

Wade Balliet
Posted by Wade Balliet
Investment Strategy

Stock markets continue to swing wildly and notably below their record highs after a surprise bout of volatility last week erased a chunk of this year’s gains. The S&P 500 and global stocks, as measured by MSCI, fell again today, but are still up over 15 percent and 13 percent, respectively, this year.

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