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The Morning View: September 9, 2021

In this morning’s data, Initial Jobless Claims were 310,000 for the week ending September 4th, a larger drop than expected and is the lowest since March 2020 at the start of the pandemic. Continuing Claims were 2,783,000 for the week ending August 28th, which was...

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The Morning View: September 3, 2021

 Announced this morning, the economy added only 235,000 jobs in August, much less than expected. The Retail Trade industry fell by 28,500 jobs during the month and the Leisure and Hospitality industry was flat, after being a source of strength in previous months. The...

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The Morning View: August 27, 2021

Announced this morning, Personal Income increased 1.1% in July, higher than expected, reflecting increases in government social benefits, such as the Child Tax Credit. Personal Spending increased 0.3% in July, less than expected and a large drop from the 1% increase...

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Mid-Month Market Perspectives – August 2021

Crosscurrents Market Reflections August has something of a reputation in the market. The month is typically a slower market month in terms of trading volume and expectations, and since 1950, August has also posted the second worst market performance of the year,...

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The Morning View: August 17, 2021

Announced this morning, Retail Sales for July decreased -1.1%, more negative than expected. Gasoline stations and Miscellaneous store retailers were strong, while Motor vehicle & parts dealers, Non-store retailers, and Clothing stores were all weak. The Control...

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Can Bitcoin Be a Prudent Investment for Trusts?

There has been increased interest from individual investors in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. What about fiduciaries? Can trustees consider investing in Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies — and should they? Originally published on Kiplinger.com August 10, 2021...

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Monthly Market Update- Investment Commentary – August 2021

August 2021 Developed equity markets rose during July. U.S. stocks led the way with a gain of 2.4%. Developed international markets notched a 0.8% return. The headlines in July came out of emerging markets, more specifically China. Emerging-market stocks fell 6.9% in...

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The Morning View: August 6, 2021

Announced this morning, the economy added 943,000 jobs in July, more than expected.  The Leisure and Hospitality industry was strong adding 380,000 jobs, while the Retail Trade industry was relatively weak.  The Unemployment Rate decreased five tenths to 5.4%, a...

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The Morning View: July 30, 2021

Announced this morning, Personal Income increased 0.1% in June, a bit more than expected. Personal Spending increased 1.0% in June, higher than expected and a rebound from the flat reading the previous month.  The PCE Deflator, a measure of inflation, increased 0.5%...

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Mid-Month Market Perspectives – July 2021

Market Reflections A Year’s Difference Time certainly has a way of changing perspectives. As of the middle of March last year, the global markets were in the midst of a virus-fueled free fall which ultimately infected the U.S. financial markets. Within weeks, the...

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