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The Inflation Situation Revisited

We last wrote about the inflation outlook in the September 24, 2012. Since then, while inflation and inflation expectations in the United States have remained in check, the Federal Reserve has begun another round of bond purchases, known as quantitative easing (QE). This decision — along with the recent run-up in consumer gasoline prices and recent comments from some members of the Federal Open Market Committee that the costs of QE may soon begin to outweigh the benefits...

The Market’s March Madness

It has been a sweet sixteen weeks for the S&P 500. The broad stock market index has had only three down weeks out of the past sixteen. While this stretch is tied by the same period a year ago, it is important to note that there has not been a sixteen-week period with fewer weeks of losses in over 20 years - since the period ending September 1, 1989. March has been maddening for investors in the past few years (2010-2012) as the S&P 500 raced higher in March only to reverse...

Dow: The Great and Powerful

The film, Oz: The Great and Powerful, the prequel to The Wizard of Oz, premiered last week. The story of how the wonderful wizard overcame the risks and prevailed worked its magic on moviegoers and proved popular with a strong box office showing. In the same week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (Dow) proved popular with investors as it powered its way to a new all-time high, as it overcame many risks to reach the fourth anniversary of the start of the current bull market from the low point...

Beige Book Bounce-Back

Despite the post-Sandy bounce, our Beige Book Barometer describes an economy that is growing - but only modestly. When we wrote about the Barometer in early December 2012, indicators generally suggested the economy was stronger during the summer and early fall of 2012, prior to the impact of Superstorm Sandy and uncertainty ahead of the fiscal cliff than it was in early 2011, before the bruising debt ceiling debate...

Growing Gap Between Health of Consumers

Last week’s data highlighted the growing gap between the health of businesses and consumers that is starting to contribute to a widening gap in the performance of consumer and business-driven stocks, as well. The economic reports released last week covering the time period of January and February 2013 for orders of equipment by businesses and manufacturing activity point to strengthening business demand...​

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