Economic Updates

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

Equities face skepticism over rates and trade

Equities face skepticism over rates and trade

Q4 2018 | Capital Markets Outlook

Economic strength is offset by trade risk, a flattening yield curve, and weakness in housing and autos

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Interest rates and trade create headwinds

Q3 2018 | Fixed Income Outlook

While the outlook for global growth is favorable, challenges to fixed-income markets are increasing.

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Seeking opportunity in uncertainty

Q4 2018 | Equity Outlook

Despite risks of inflation and trade conflicts, opportunities exist for equity investors worldwide.

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Economic Update for October 22, 2018

Economy
  • In an advance estimate, the Census Bureau reported that retail sales increased 0.1% in September.
  • Housing starts fell 5.3% in September, according to the Census Bureau.
  • The Federal Reserve stated that industrial production advanced 0.3% in September.
Employment
  • Initial jobless claims fell by 5,000 to 210,000 in the week ended October 13, 2018, according to the Labor Department.
Profits
  • As of October 12, 2018, of the 28 S&P 500 Index companies reporting third-quarter earnings, 25 beat analysts’ estimates, according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.
Emotion
  • The ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment for Germany fell in October.