Economic Updates

Keep up to date on the global economy and its impact on markets.

The market’s potential sugar high

The market’s potential sugar high

Q1 2021 | Capital Markets Outlook

Amid a likely tug-of-war between positive and negative economic news, we favor investing with a flexible approach.

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Bond investors face Catch-22

Q4 2020 | Fixed Income Outlook

Bond yields will likely stay near record lows amid an uneven economic rebound.

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A shot in the arm: The economy and stocks get a boost from vaccines

Q1 2021 | Equity Outlook

The potential for a post-pandemic recovery bodes well for equities.

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Economic Update for January 19, 2020

Economy
  • The CPI rose 0.4% and core CPI increased 0.1% in December, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Import prices rose 0.9% and export prices increased 1.1% in December, the Bureau of labor Stastistics reported.
  • Retail sales declined 0.7% in December, according to an advance report from the Census Bureau.
Employment
  • Initial jobless claims reached 965,000 in the week ended January 9, 2021, according to the Labor Department.
Profits
  • As of January 7, 2021, of the 18 S&P 500 Index companies reporting fourth-quarter earnings, 18 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.
Emotion
  • The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index declined to a below-average level in December.
  • The University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment dropped to 79.2 in January from 80.7 in December.