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Aug. 2017

US Economics:

We believe the economy is still very constructive and growing. However, the US economy may have lost some momentum recently. Consumption seems to be weakening. Car sales were weaker than expected in June, and retail sector activity declined with slippage in receipts at restaurants, sporting goods outlets, and department stores. However, in other parts of economy the situation is much brighter. Not only has manufacturing and non-manufacturing data strengthened, but industrial production, factory capacity utilization, housing starts, and building permits increased in June as well. Our sense is that business activity should strengthen during the third and fourth quarters. This could enable GDP growth— even with some retracement on the consumer side—to average 2.5%, or so. We think this solid performance will continue into 2018.

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July 2017

US Economics:
The economy is still growing. Unemployment is low, inflation is tame, long- term interest rates are near their low-point for the year, and US equity markets remain near-record highs. Looking ahead, we see no reason to change our out- look. We expect the stable-growth economy to continue, as consumer spending should continue to support economic growth along with rising business invest- ment.

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June 2017

Investment Insight

US Economics:

The economy is still growing. Unemployment is low, inflation is tame, long-term interest rates are near their low-point for the year, and US equity markets remain near-record highs. Looking ahead, we see no reason to change our out-look. We expect the stable-growth economy to continue, as consumer spending should continue to support economic growth along with rising business invest-ment.

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April 2017

Markets: The first quarter of 2017 was dominated by political headlines and firming economic data. Stocks have generally rallied on better global growth and expectations for tax cuts and economic stimulus in the U.S. market. Global stocks largely outperformed fixed income over the course of the quarter, despite a rally in bonds and pullback in stocks during the last few weeks of March.

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March 2017

Economics. The US economy is off to a good start in 2017. Manufacturing, non-manufacturing, employment, and consumer spending data are holding up well. Add in a roaring stock market and escalation in real estate values, and it is reasonable to expect gross domestic product growth to modestly surpass 2% in the current quarter – which is roughly three times the paltry sum tallied a year ago.

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