Monday Update: Inflation and Retail Sales Slow, Confidence Jumps

September 17, 2018

Last week’s data started with prices and whether inflation was picking up. This week’s economic data is all about housing.

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Monday Update: Business Confidence and Wage Growth Up

September 10, 2018

Last week was a short but very busy period for economic news, with looks at business sentiment, the trade balance, and, most important, the job market. This week’s data will start with prices and concerns over inflation.

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Monday Update (on Wednesday): Consumers and Manufacturers Confident

September 5, 2018

Last week was all about the consumer—what they are earning, what they are spending, and how confident they are. The week ahead is short but busy, with looks at business sentiment, the trade balance, and, most important, the job market.

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Does a Busy Summer in the Economic News Mean a Busy Fall?

August 30, 2018

As we approach the end of summer (I know, not technically), it seems like it never really happened. During most summers, a lack of economic news reduces me to writing about lobster rolls. This summer, however, there was no shortage of things to write about.

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Appearance on CNBC's Squawk Box, August 30, 2018 [Video]

August 30, 2018

Will the economy remain healthy in 2019, especially as the effects of the tax cuts start to fade? I talked about this and more earlier today on CNBC's Squawk Box.

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Monday Update: Potential Slowdown in Housing

August 27, 2018

Today’s post is from Sam Millette, a fixed income analyst on Commonwealth’s Investment Management and Research team.

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Monday Update: Concern over Inflation Grows Among Consumers

August 20, 2018

Today’s post is from Sam Millette, a fixed income analyst on Commonwealth’s Investment Management and Research team.

Last week’s major economic releases were focused mainly on housing and consumers. The news was a mixed bag for both. This week will be relatively quiet, with only two major data releases.

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Upcoming Appearances

Tune into Fox Business' Varney & Co. on Friday, September 28, between 8:40 AM and 12:00 PM to hear Brad talk about the markets in-studio with Stuart Varney. Exact interview time will be updated once confirmed. Check your local listings for availability.

Brad will be presenting an Economic and Market Update at the Financial Planning Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois, on Thursday, October 4, from 7:30 A.M. – 8:30 A.M. From 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M., he will be signing copies of his new book, Crash-Test Investing, by Commonwealth's booth, #321, in the Exhibit Hall. To attend, visit: https://fpaannual.org/.

 

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