Sam Millette

Sam Millette is a fixed income analyst on the Investment Management and Research team at Commonwealth Financial Network®, member FINRA/SIPC, an independent broker/dealer–RIA. With the firm since June 2015, he analyzes individual municipal bonds, responds to advisor inquiries, provides analytics and research support to the Preferred Portfolio Services® Select SMA municipal bond strategies, and assists with market research and commentary. Sam graduated from Tufts University with a degree in economics. Currently, he is a level 1 candidate for the CFA®.

Recent Posts

Monday Update: Consumer and Service Sector Confidence Rise

November 11, 2019

Last week was relatively quiet for economic news—the few major reports released related to international trade and service sector and consumer confidence. The trade deficit narrowed as expected, while service sector and consumer confidence both increased by more than anticipated. This week, a little more action is forthcoming, as we’re expecting updates on consumer and producer inflation, retail sales, and industrial production.

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Monday Update: Economy Grows Faster Than Expected in Third Quarter

November 4, 2019

Last week was jam-packed with economic updates, many of which beat expectations. Faster-than-expected GDP growth in the third quarter and a stronger-than-expected October employment report highlighted a week in which the Fed cut the federal funds rate by 25 bps. This week will be quieter, with notable releases on international trade, the service sector, and consumer confidence.

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Monday Update: Housing Sales Decline in September

October 28, 2019

Last week’s economic updates largely disappointed, with housing sales, durable goods orders, and consumer confidence all declining. Upon closer inspection, however, we found some positive developments, with continued year-over-year housing growth as a highlight. This week will be very busy, with the Fed’s October rate-setting meeting, the first report on third-quarter GDP growth, and the October jobs report all on the docket.

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Monday Update: Retail Sales Disappoint in September

October 21, 2019

Last week, important updates on retail sales, home builders, and industrial production yielded mixed results. This week, we’re expecting some more ups and downs, with updates to come on home sales, durable goods, and consumer confidence.  

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Monday Update: Inflation Slows Down and Consumer Confidence Rebounds

October 14, 2019

Last week’s news focused on inflation, consumer confidence, and the minutes from the Fed’s most recent meeting. This week will be another busy one, with reports on retail sales, housing, and industrial production scheduled.  

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Monday Update: Business Confidence Plummets Amid Disappointing Week

October 7, 2019

For the most part, last week’s news came in worse than expected, with notable declines in business confidence and a lackluster employment report drawing the most attention. This week will be busy, with updates on producer and consumer inflation, minutes from the Fed’s most recent meeting, and a consumer confidence survey all scheduled for release.

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Monday Update: Consumer Confidence Takes a Hit

September 30, 2019

Last week was a mixed bag for economic data reports. Disappointing results for consumer confidence and spending offset strong new home sales and durable goods orders. This week will be busy, with September’s reports on business confidence and new jobs set to be released. We’ll also see August’s international trade report.

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