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Outlook 2017: A look ahead at the economy & the markets
January 4, 2017 | Russ Swansen, Chief Investment Officer
With a new administration occupying the White House in 2017, the future direction of the country and the economy remains in flux. But while we expect changes in a number of key policies, the president’s influence will be tempered by Congress, which controls fiscal policy and the budget. Policy changes toward international alliances and trade agreements may also face scrutiny in Congress.
2016 market recap: Strong market highlights tumultuous year
January 4, 2017 | Gene Walden, Senior Finance Editor
All things considered, the stock market was remarkably stable and steady in 2016. The current bull market has stretched to nearly 94 consecutive months, the second-longest run in U.S. history without a single drop of 20% or more (since March 2009). But the 9.54% run-up in the S&P 500® over the past 12 months came amidst one of the most historic and tempestuous years in decades.
Fed finally agrees to small rate hike
December 14, 2016 | Mark Simenstad, Vice President and Head of Fixed Income Funds
Twelve months after the Federal Reserve last raised interest rates, the board finally agreed to raise rates again on Wednesday, December 14, increasing the federal funds target rate by 25 basis points, to a new range of 0.50% – 0.75%.
Unemployment drops to 9-year low
December 5, 2016 | Russ Swansen, Chief Investment Officer
The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 4.6% in November – the lowest level since August 2007 – according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Employment Situation report issued Dec. 2.
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