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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: September Retail Sales Beat Expectations

October 19, 2020

Last week was packed with economic updates, with reports largely coming in mixed. Better-than-expected results for retail sales and consumer confidence were offset by rising initial unemployment claims and a disappointing decline in industrial production. This week’s news will largely focus on housing, with updates scheduled on home builder confidence, new home construction, and existing home sales.

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Monday Update: Service Sector Confidence Rises in September

October 12, 2020

Last week was relatively quiet on the economic update front, with reports on service sector confidence, the international trade balance, and initial jobless claims serving as highlights. This week will be busier, with updates focusing on September’s inflation, retail spending, and industrial production.

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Monday Update: September Employment Report Disappoints

October 5, 2020

Last week was filled with economic updates touching on broad swaths of the economy as we prepared to kick off the fourth quarter of 2020. Reports were mixed, with better-than-expected consumer confidence and spending data contrasting with a disappointing September jobs report. This will be a quiet week for economic updates, with reports scheduled to cover service sector confidence, the international trade balance, and the weekly initial jobless claims report.

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Monday Update: Housing Sales Keep Improving

September 28, 2020

Last week was relatively quiet on the economic update front, with a focus on August’s housing sales and durable goods orders reports. This week will be packed with economic updates, with a focus on consumer and manufacturer confidence and the September jobs report.

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Monday Update: Retail Sales Slow in August

September 21, 2020

Last week was packed with economic updates, with a focus on housing, consumer confidence and spending, and the results from the Fed’s September meeting. The news for consumers was mixed, with better-than-expected confidence in September helping to calm concerns about slower sales growth in August. This week will be less busy for economic updates, with reports primarily focused on housing sales and durable goods orders.

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Monday Update: Unemployment Claims Remain Stubbornly High

September 14, 2020

Last week was relatively quiet on the economic update front, with reports on inflation and weekly unemployment providing the highlights. This week will be much busier, with updates scheduled to cover consumer confidence and spending, the housing market, and the Fed’s September meeting.

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Monday Update: August Employment Report Beats Expectations

September 8, 2020

Last week’s economic highlights included important releases on business confidence, international trade, and the employment market. This week will be relatively quiet due to the holiday, with releases scheduled on inflation and the weekly initial jobless claims.

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