BY: MARSHALL BARTLETT
Senior Vice President / Portfolio Manager
(615) 591-0611 firstname.lastname@example.org
This morning, the European Central Bank (ECB) struck a somewhat dovish tone announcing it will stop its bond buying program by the end of December 2018 and will keep interest rates unchanged, at below zero levels, until at least the summer of 2019. This contrasts with the Federal Reserve decision yesterday to increase rates another 25 basis points and guided to a total of four such increases in 2018, a move up from the previous guidance of three. The U.S. dollar has strengthened against the Euro following this news.
While inflation in the U.S. remains in control, near 2% for core measures excluding food and energy, Retail Sales increased 0.8% in May, above forecasts. Hopefully central banks can maintain the balance of sustaining economic growth without stoking higher inflation in the months ahead. In all, equity futures are higher this morning heading into the market open.
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