All Posts Tagged: interest rates

Investment Insights: Animal spirits flying too high?

Wade Balliet
Posted by Wade Balliet
Investment Strategy
Upward view of statue depicting an eagle with wings outstretched, with a little bit of the Federal Reserve building (Atlanta) behind it

The animal spirits that lifted the market to each new high may have hit their limits, as the S&P 500 Index has failed to advance the past few trading sessions and consumer confidence may be starting to lose momentum.

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U.S. Outlook: Two steps forward, one step back

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist
Graph showing recent dip in jobless claims

The chorus of calls from Fed officials that a rate hike is coming soon got a lot louder this week.

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Investment Insights: Into the gauntlet

Wade Balliet
Posted by Wade Balliet
Investment Strategy
Reflection of big-city skyline at night as seen on a screen showing stock market activity.

Potential policy is also causing notable changes internationally. For the first time, China has overtaken the U.S. and France to become Germany’s largest trading partner.

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U.S. Outlook: Feeling good — is it the stock market or the economy?

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist
Graph showing recent decline in the CBOE volatility index.

Investors have gotten extremely comfortable with the economic environment and outlook — some would say the mood is positively complacent.

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