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Oct 2020

This Week's Market Moves | October 5, 2020

The S&P 500 Index finished the week 1.5% higher, as renewed stimulus talks between House Democrats and Senate Republicans overshadowed the news that President Trump and the First Lady tested positive for the coronavirus. Here are some other insights on the markets and economy from this past week: …

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Sep 2020

Chart of the Month: Permanent Job Losses are Rising

A peek underneath the hood of the stronger-than-expected August jobs report suggests that the recession may be far from over. With a slew of job cuts announced by large corporations in recent weeks, the rise in permanent layoffs is likely to continue in the coming months.

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Sep 2020

This Week's Market Moves | September 28, 2020

Equity markets capped off another volatile week, with the Dow finishing down 1.8%, the S&P 500 Index falling 0.6% and the NASDAQ up a modest 1.1%. Stocks have been under pressure from rising coronavirus cases and Congress’ inability to pass a stimulus package. Here are some other insights on the m…

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Sep 2020

This Week's Market Moves | September 21, 2020

Stocks finished the week modestly lower, as investors reduced their bets on the tech giants and rotated into sectors which lagged during the market recovery. Here are some other insights on the market and economy from this past week: Stocks declined for the third consecutive week, with the S&P …

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Sep 2020

This Week's Market Moves | September 14, 2020

Investors grapple with another week of market turbulence, as the major stock indices posted losses of 1.6% to 4.1% last week. On a year-to-date basis, the S&P 500 Index has advanced 4.8%. Here are some additional insights on the market and economy from this past week: Investors continue to grap…

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Aug 2020

This Week's Market Update | August 24, 2020

Stock prices consolidated near all-time highs last week, as investors weighed the Federal Reserve’s concern over the economic recovery and Washington’s gridlock against stronger-than-expected business activity and a booming housing market. Here are some other insights on the markets and the economy …

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Aug 2020

This Week's Market Moves | August 17, 2020

Stock prices ended the week largely unchanged, with the S&P 500 index up 0.7% and the tech-heavy NASDAQ up 0.1%. While equity markets pushed towards record highs, stock gains faded by week’s end, as Congress remains divided on the details of a new economic stimulus package. Here are some other insig…

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Aug 2020

This Week's Market Moves | August 10, 2020

Equity prices finished the week higher as second quarter earnings came in better than expected, with the S&P 500 Index closing up 2.5%, just shy of its pre-pandemic high. Here are some other insights on the markets and the economy from this past week: Stock prices edged higher last week, despit…

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Aug 2020

This Week's Market Moves | August 3, 2020

The markets were volatile last week, in the face of earnings reports and the continued global spread of the coronavirus. Below are some additional insights on the market and the economy from last week: The worst quarterly decline in economic activity, rising jobless claims, and a dovish Fed kept …

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Jul 2020

Chart of the Month: 30-Year Mortgage Rates Hit Lowest Rate in History

Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Market Observations Yields on U.S. government debt have meaningfully declined since the 1980’s, as the Federal Reserve tamed inflation. The sharp decline in rates has had a significant impact on mortgage rates, which tend to move in the same direction as…

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