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.
September 22 , 2021

Powell’s Q&A Indicates QE Taper to Conclude Next Summer

The official statement released at the conclusion of the September FOMC meeting held few surprises, but Powell's post meeting press conference was...

September 16 , 2021

Consumer Spending is Surprisingly Strong in the Final Month of the Second COVID Summer

The emergence of the Delta variant in July caused consumers to tap the brakes on spending, but as the summer wore on, purchases apparently resumed....

September 14 , 2021

Consumer Inflation Moderates Before Next Week’s Fed Meeting

The August consumer price index indicated price pressures may be heading lower, allowing Fed officials additional time to assess the recent economic...

September 09 , 2021

Fall Travel Plans on Hold Amid Fading Growth

This is an unusually sparse week for data releases, but there’s no shortage of economic chatter. There’s little question that the economy is...

September 03 , 2021

Taper Timing Questioned After Payroll Shocker

The "substantial further progress" Fed officials were hoping to see in payroll growth didn’t happen. In fact, the meager +235k jobs added to nonfarm...

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