By Scott Ellis | January 4, 2018
First, Happy New Year to everyone out there! For the first chart of the week of the new year, I’ve taken a deeper look at the potential winners and losers… Read More
By David O'Malley | December 18, 2017
After a lot of anticipation and a busy congressional review process this fall, it looks highly probable that tax reform will be passed into law this week. With the remaining holdout Republican Senators publicly announcing their support, the path is now clear for the largest change in tax policy in three decades.
By David O'Malley | December 4, 2017
The events in Washington overshadowed the release of solid economic data last week. With consistent economic data emerging over the last few weeks, markets have shifted their primary attention to the events in Washington.
By David O'Malley | November 13, 2017
Tuesday’s release of the Producers Price Index (PPI) and Wednesday’s release of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) will be the economic data highlights this week. With inflation remaining stubbornly low despite strong employment conditions and the odds of a December interest rate increase running around 80%, the importance of the pace of inflation data takes on greater significance.
By David O'Malley | October 23, 2017
Stocks rallied and bond yields rose last week on optimism for the Republicans to successfully pass tax reform and on strength in third quarter corporate earnings. These two factors will probably continue to move markets in the coming week.
By David O'Malley | September 11, 2017
The one-two punch of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma has impacted so many in Texas, Florida and throughout the Southern part of the U.S. We keep all of those impacted in our thoughts and wish them a speedy recovery.
Markets will be looking at how these two storms will impact the economy both in the near term and farther down the line. In the short term, the potential is for the storms to put downward pressure on economic performance and distort statistics (like the rise in unemployment claims last week), but the rebuilding process will be a boost to the economy.
By David O'Malley | July 31, 2017
Last week saw strong corporate earnings and continued growth in the U.S. economy. U.S. GDP for the second quarter was 2.6% according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ advanced estimate. The strength in the economy was driven by robust business investments for the quarter. Further, the failure of the Republican plan to repeal and/or replace the Affordable Care Act drove headlines last week.
By David O'Malley | May 1, 2017
Last week we saw the straw outline for the Trump administration’s tax reform proposal. The initial proposal is light on details and will likely be the opening bid in negotiations. It is too early to tell if bipartisan tax reform can be accomplished or if the budget reconciliation process will be used to make temporary reforms.
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