By Scott McIntyre, CFA

Economic Commentary

Economic news and data drive Fed interest rate policy and financial market movement. The problem for many investors is sorting through the massive volume of news and numbers to separate the critical information from the noise. Our economic commentaries provide clear explanation of key events in layman’s terms, as well as regular interest rate updates.
November 05 , 2021

More Americans Return to Work in October

Non-farm payrolls rose by +531k in the month of October, while the headline unemployment rate fell from 4.8% to a pandemic low of 4.6%. Both payrolls...

November 03 , 2021

Fed Says Taper Will Begin this Month, but Timing of Rate Hikes TBD

Fed officials made it official this afternoon at the conclusion of the two-day November FOMC meeting: the taper will begin this month. By reducing...

November 03 , 2021

Record ISM Reading Signals Service Sector Improvement but Serious Challenges Along the Way

Economic activity in the service sector appears to be gaining significant momentum in the final months of the year as the non-manufacturing index...

October 29 , 2021

Trucking Roadblock May be a Bigger Threat than Clogged Ports

The American Trucking Association (ATA), in an update issued earlier this week, estimates that the nationwide truck driver shortage will reach a...

October 28 , 2021

GDP Wilts as Consumers Find Fewer Goods to Purchase

Knotted supply chains and an escalation in Covid-19 cases during the summer months slowed economic growth in the third quarter to the weakest GDP...

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