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Bounce Back

According to the Labor Department when Trump became president in January 2017, 152,076,000 Americans were employed. Last month, that number grew to a record 156,945,000, a gain of 4,869,000 in two years. The manufacturing industry posted net job gains of 284,000 over...

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Eyes on China

Markets surged on Friday as we had a big jobs report, potential resolution of some of the trade issues and some Fed speak. Wage growth and economic recessions. Nonfarm payrolls grew 312K last month, significantly above the consensus estimate. Average hourly earnings...

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Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for Dec of 49.4 is nearing the 2011 and 2016 lows at 49.0. Meanwhile, the broader Caixin Manufacturing PMI measure came in at 49.7, its first sub-50 reading since 2016, with particular weakness in new export orders....

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Bad Apple?

Markit Manufacturing PMI reports from a dozen countries, showed overall activity remains steady and in expansionary territory across most of Europe, while Asia weakened last month. In a sign that it's likely faring worse in the trade spat, Chinese data fell into...

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Fresh Start

The FTSE All-World index, which tracks thousands of stocks across a range of markets, plummeted 12% this year. It's the index's worst performance since the global financial crisis, and a sharp reversal from a gain of nearly 25% in 2017. The Dow was down 6.7% in 2018....

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One more day for 2018

Volatility perspective. The average annual peak-to-trough decline since 1980 has been 14%, very close to what investors have had to stomach in 2018. Average volatility feels worse than average, but putting market swings in context can be reassuring. In a midterm...

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