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U.S. and China declare trade war truce, higher interest rates and oil prices the new concern

Posted by The Simply Money Advisors Team on May 21, 2018 12:22:37 PM

The U.S. and China have declared a truce on the trade war that has been troubling Wall Street. Over the weekend, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, “We are putting the trade war on hold. Right now, we have agreed to put the tariffs on hold...”

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Topics: Economy

Oil prices rising, but U.S. economy still healthy

Posted by The Simply Money Advisors Team on May 14, 2018 12:13:22 PM

U.S. relations with the rest of the world dominated headlines last week and will likely take center stage again this week.

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Topics: Economy

Unemployment rate reached 17-year low as more people leave the workforce

Posted by The Simply Money Advisors Team on May 7, 2018 1:44:15 PM

The devil is in the details. Even though April's unemployment rate dropped from 4.1% to 3.9%, hitting a 17-year low, it wasn't because significantly more people found jobs. It was actually due to 236K people dropping out of the labor force. In a separate part of the April jobs report, businesses reported they were employing 164K more people than the prior month. 

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GDP and corporate earnings exceed expectations

Posted by The Simply Money Advisors Team on Apr 30, 2018 3:13:32 PM

Wall Street’s nerves were high at the start of last week, as interest rates jumped with the yield on 10-year government bond hitting 3%. Fortunately, strong earnings from companies like Facebook and Amazon helped ease those nerves and lift markets. 

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Economic growth pulls back, yet earnings remain strong

Posted by The Simply Money Advisors Team on Apr 23, 2018 2:04:47 PM

Corporate earnings will again be the most important item for Wall Street this week.

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Topics: Economy

Positive developments on trade; earnings season now in spotlight

Posted by The Simply Money Advisors Team on Apr 16, 2018 12:07:44 PM

A trade war with China has been the major fear gripping the markets over the past few weeks, but fortunately, tensions eased last week thanks to conciliatory comments from President Trump and Chinese President Xi.

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Topics: Economy

'Trade spat' still getting all the attention

Posted by The Simply Money Advisors Team on Apr 9, 2018 11:51:45 AM

This week's economic calendar is relatively light, and the corporate earnings season doesn't get into full swing until next week, so Wall Street is likely to once again focus the U.S.-China trade spat.

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Topics: Economy

Trade war concerns still an issue; jobs report due later this week

Posted by The Simply Money Advisors Team on Apr 2, 2018 1:22:13 PM

Stocks recovered last week due to trade tensions easing slightly, but large U.S. stocks finished the first quarter of the year slightly negative for the first time since September 2015.

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Topics: Economy

Trade war concerns linger, yet investors should remain confident

Posted by The Simply Money Advisors Team on Mar 26, 2018 3:06:49 PM

The U.S. / China ‘trade spat’ was the main driver of the stock market turbulence last week.

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Topics: Economy

Fed in focus this week, but D.C. noise could be a distraction

Posted by The Simply Money Advisors Team on Mar 19, 2018 1:49:23 PM

This week, all eyes will be on the Federal Reserve (Fed), our nation’s central bank, as it will likely increase short-term interest rates on Wednesday, March 21st.

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Topics: Economy

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