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BEIGE BOOK: WINDOW ON MAIN STREET DEC 2016

The Beige Book is consistent with our view that the Fed will raise rates later this month. At +64, the November Beige Book 2016 reading is now back in the middle of the range it has been in since early 2012.

DECEMBER GAME PLAN

This month has several significant events that have the potential to be market movers. The ECB, Fed, and OPEC meetings are some of the events we’ll be watching.

THE ECONOMY IN TRANSITION

The U.S. economic landscape is still running under its long-term potential and could benefit from policies designed to boost the economy’s productivity and its potential growth rate.

EVALUATING THE ECONOMICS OF THE PRESIDENT-ELECT

The degree to which the election results impact volatility will depend a great deal on which policies are actually enacted as a result of the changes in Washington. Corporate tax reform, including repatriation that allows companies to bring overseas cash back to the U.S. at a discounted tax rate, stands a very good chance of being passed following the Republican sweep.

READY FOR THEIR CLOSE-UP? DEFICIT & DEBT

The good news is that the deficit, debt, and pace of federal spending are not on the market’s radar screen at this time. Currently, the only way to change the course of the deficit and debt over the medium and long term is to cut spending or raise taxes (or both) via meaningful programs, and in Washington today, neither seems very likely.

 
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