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Federal Reserve Blinks, Holding Key Rate Flat; Investors to Enjoy a Temporary Reprieve from Rising Rates

September 17, 2015 After weeks of speculation punctuated by a bout of volatility in global equity markets, the Federal Reserve opted Thursday to maintain its benchmark lending rate at or near zero percent. While acknowledging that the U.S. labor market continues to improve, the central bank also heeded softer conditions in foreign economies in reaching […]

August Hiring Gains, Drop in Unemployment Rate Muddle Federal Reserve Decision

September 8, 2015 Tempered hiring in August plus a decline in the unemployment rate to a seven-year low complicate the Federal Reserve’s September decision on whether it should raise its short-term lending rate. The central bank will have to decide whether the labor market and the broader economy are sufficiently strong to justify a hike, […]

Commercial Real Estate Shines amid Increased Volatility

August 25, 2015 The recent surge in global uncertainty kicked off by China’s currency devaluation and a rapid decline in the Chinese stock market sparked a plunge on Wall Street, driving the S&P 500 lower by nearly 10 percent over the last week. The ensuing flight to safety tightened yields on the 10-year Treasury dramatically, […]

Steady July Hiring Meets Expectations; Raises Prospects of Fed Rate Increase Despite Modest Wage Growth

August 12, 2015 Employers continued their steady hiring in July, which marked the 58th consecutive month of job gains. Cumulatively, the U.S. has added 12.4 million jobs since the recovery began, and total employment stands 3.7 million positions above the pre-recession employment peak. Despite month-to-month volatility, the trends have been remarkably sturdy, generating average monthly […]


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