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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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August market recap: Stock market suffers from summer doldrums

The stock market has been fairly flat this summer in spite of improving economic growth, an expanding employment market, and solid retail sales and consumer spending. After finishing July at 2470.30, the S&P 500® closed August about a point higher at 2471.65.

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New CIO David Royal: Lead by example

David Royal, who has served as President of Thrivent Mutual Funds since 2015, took on an expanded role July 1 as Senior Vice President, Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of Thrivent Financial following the retirement of Russell Swansen. In this wide-ranging interview, David details his plans and goals for the future and offers his philosophy on managing his team and helping investors be wise with money.

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