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Hurricanes knock job growth off track but unemployment rate falls

Employment dropped in September for the first time after 83 consecutive weeks of growth, as economic activity was slowed by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in Texas and Florida, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation Report from October 6, 2017.

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Fourth quarter market outlook: Is apathy driving down consumer savings rates?

By most key measures, the American economy has been on a fairly sustained uptrend the past few years - a period when you might have expected consumers to begin socking away more money.

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Employers add 156,000 new jobs in August

Job growth slowed slightly in August, but the economy still added 156,000 new jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation report issued September 1. This marks the 83rd consecutive month of job growth. New jobs added in July were revised down from 209,000 to 189,000.

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September market outlook: How Fed monetary tightening could affect the economy

In the months ahead, the Federal Reserve (Fed) is expected to slowly and methodically reduce its $4.5 trillion balance sheet of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities. We believe it is a necessary move for the long-term, but it creates uncertainties for the markets given the unprecedented nature of Federal Reserve policy since the financial crisis.

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