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BEIGE BOOK SUGGESTS CONTINUED MODEST ECONOMIC GROWTH

At +55, the September 2016 Beige Book Barometer reading is now back in the middle of the range it has been in since early 2012, suggesting modest economic growth may continue.

AUGUST RECAP

Mixed messages from the Fed and middle of the road economic data kept Treasury yields in a very tight trading range throughout August. Economically sensitive sectors continued to rally in August, while high-quality bonds lagged as Treasury yields moved toward the upper end of their recent range.

DIVIDEND BUBBLE?

Dividend stocks have garnered support as investors increasingly use stock dividends as a substitute for fixed income in the low interest rate environment. Friday’s slightly weaker than expected jobs report may add to the enthusiasm for dividend-paying equities.

A SEPTEMBER TO REMEMBER?

September is full of potentially influential market and economic events. Central bank meetings, presidential debates, and an emergency meeting for OPEC are some of the events we’ll be watching.

A DEEPER LOOK AT THE RISE IN LIBOR

3-month U.S. dollar Libor has increased by 0.2% over the past two months, which carries almost the same impact as a full rate hike, even though the Fed has not raised rates since December 2015. Investors in bank loans may benefit if Libor continues to rise, given that the floating rates may start to move higher once the 1% Libor floor that many issues carry is exceeded.

 
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