Economy

The Costs of a Government Shutdown

It’s the third week of the government shutdown, and a resolution doesn’t seem to be presenting itself any time soon. The partial shutdown – which has resulted in the closure of nine out of 15 federal departments, as well as dozens of agencies and federal programs1 – has already started a snowball of economic effects in…

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What an Inverted Yield Curve Means for Investors

On Monday, December 3, the U.S. Treasury Yield Curve inverted for the first time in over a decade. Just one day later, the Dow fell 799 points (3.1 percent), with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq also finishing down (3.2 percent and 3.8 percent respectively).[i] The yield curve inversion occurred as the yield on the five-year…

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Talking to Your Clients About Recent Market Volatility

Nothing gets a financial firm’s phones ringing quite like market volatility – a fact about which many advisors may have been reminded lately. Investors were lulled by the relative calm we’ve had in the markets recently and now find themselves jarred back to reality as the market responds to factors such as interest rate hikes…

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