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2017 market recap: Economy and stock market pick up steam in 2017

The steady economic recovery from the Great Recession continued to build momentum throughout 2017. Gross domestic product (GDP) growth reached a 3.3% annualized rate in the third quarter, the stock market experienced another strong year, the oil industry closed the year on an uptrend, and unemployment dipped to the lowest level since December 2000.

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Job growth remains strong with 228,000 new jobs in November

Employers added 228,000 new jobs in November, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Report issued December 8. That marks the second straight month of over 200,000 new jobs and the 86th consecutive month of employment gains.

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December 2017 outlook: Federal Reserve likely to raise rates

With gross domestic product (GDP) growth at 3.3% annualized in the third quarter, the Federal Reserve (Fed) is likely to raise rates in December for the fourth time in the past 13 months. The Fed raised the federal funds rate by 25 basis points (0.25%) last December and again in March and June of 2017 to a new range of 1.00% – 1.25%.

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November market recap: Stocks continue upward momentum

Stocks continued their positive performance in November amidst signs of a strengthening economy. Every sector of the S&P 500® posted gains in November.

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