Economic Updates

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

For the markets, trade trumps inflation

For the markets, trade trumps inflation

Q2 2018 | Capital Markets Outlook

The popular narrative of the February market correction focused on inflation. We have a different interpretation.

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Solid growth makes central bank policy the key question

Q1 2018 | Fixed Income Outlook

The acceleration in global growth witnessed in 2017 should continue well into 2018, we believe, but likely with significant changes in its components.

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World markets enjoy rising GDP but face distinct issues

Q1 2018 | Equity Outlook

A remarkable year of performance from stocks worldwide raises many questions for investors as we begin 2018.

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Economic Update for April 16, 2018

Economy
  • The CPI declined 0.1% and core CPI rose 0.2% in March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics stated
  • The Producer Price Index for final demand advanced 0.3% in March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported
  • Import prices remained stable while export prices rose in March, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Employment
  • Initial jobless claims fell by 9,000 to 233,000 in the week ended April 7, 2018, the Labor Department found
Profits
  • For the 12-month period ended March 31, 2018, net dividend increases for U.S. stocks rose 36.5%, reaching $45.1 billion, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices
Emotion
  • The University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment fell to 97.8 in April from 101.4 in March
  • Small business optimism remained high in March. It has been in the survey’s highest 5% for 16 months, the NFIB reported
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