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SCANA’s Nuclear Mess Continues to Push the Stock Down

The stock for SCANA (SCG), which is based in Cayce, South Carolina, is continuing to fall over its nuclear power plant issues. The stock fell more than 6% on December 11, 2017.

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How US Tax Reforms Could Impact the Healthcare Industry

The tax reform bills passed by the US House and Senate reduce the corporate tax rate from 35.0% to 20.0%. According to Credit Suisse, healthcare companies pay corporate taxes as high as 30.2%.

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Crude Oil Prices Could End 2017 on a High Note

US crude (UWT) (SCO) oil futures contracts for January delivery rose 1.1% to $57.99 per barrel on December 11, 2017.

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Energy Recap for the Week Ending December 8

On December 1–8, 2017, US crude oil (USO) (USL) January futures fell 1.7%. On December 8, 2017, US crude oil January futures settled at $57.36 per barrel.

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ADP: A Record 235,000 Jobs Were Added in October

US private sector employment increased by 235,000 jobs in October. Non-farm jobs have bounced back from a downward revised 110,000 jobs in September.

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Bank of Japan Will Continue with Negative Interest Rates

At its October policy meeting, the Bank of Japan left its ultra-loose monetary policy unchanged. The decision was made by an 8-1 majority vote.

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Balancing Income Portfolios: Taking Control of Bond Market Risk

Investors often ask us which of the two main bond market risks they should focus on—interest rate or credit. Our answer? Both—and the way they interact with each other.

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Update from the European Central Bank's October Policy Statement

In the ECB’s (European Central Bank) October policy meeting, its laid out its plans for the QE (quantitative easing) program.

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How Will Central Banks Affect Markets This Week?

In the week ending October 28, news related to developments surrounding tax reforms kept volatility at bay.

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What Caused Moat Indexes to Rebound in September?

The US Moat Index has been performing fairly well this year. As of September 30, 2017, it has outperformed, rising 20.5% over the S&P 500 Index’s (SPY) (SPX-INDEX) rise of 18.6% YTD.

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Why the Conference Board Leading Economic Index Fell in September

The main reason for the popularity of the Conference Board Leading Economic Index is its successful track record when predicting changes to the business cycle.

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Is China Showing a Structural Change?

China’s GDP grew at an annualized rate of 6.8% in 3Q17 and met the market expectation. The economy expanded at an annualized rate of 6.9% in the first two quarters of 2017.

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Will Markets Soar to New Highs This Week?

Stock market volatility remained low for another week as equity markets around the world soared to new highs in the week ending October 20.

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These Industries Increased Production in September

The Federal Reserve released its September industrial production report on October 17. The report indicated that key sectors in the US economy increased production in September.

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What Key September Indicators Tell Us about Emerging Markets

In this series, we’ll be taking a look at the September final services PMI reports and manufacturing PMI reports of major emerging economies, including India, China, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico, and Russia.

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Do FOMC's September Meeting Minutes Imply a Speed Bump?

In this series, we’ll discuss the September FOMC meeting minutes in detail and decide how the meeting minutes have changed the outlook for markets.

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What the JOLTS Job Report Says about the US Economy

The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey is a forward indicator of economic activity. The US Fed takes this measure into consideration when making monetary policy decisions involving interest rates.

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How Harvey and Irma Affected the Job Market

As per the September ADP National Employment Report, the US private sector added 135,000 jobs during the month. The figure is a sharp decrease from 228,000 in August.

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What Could Move Markets this First Week of Q4

Stock market volatility around the globe continued to trend lower as uncertainty about German elections, North Korea, and US tax reforms subsided.

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Are FOMC Members Creating Doubts about the December Hike?

Since the September 20 statement, markets have turned skeptical about whether the Fed will be able to go ahead with its December rate hike plan.

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Understanding the Uneasy Calm in Markets These Days

Throughout this series, we’ll look at potential risks facing markets, and how they could impact global financial markets in the short-to-medium term if they end up materializing.

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New Countries Added to Emerging Market Local Debt Index

During the past two decades, EM (emerging markets) local debt has evolved to become the largest and most liquid debt market within the emerging market bond space.

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Another Positive Month for the Leading Economic Index

In this series, we’ll analyze each component of the Conference Board Leading Economic Index and understand its implications for the consumer discretionary (XLY), industrial (XLI), and housing (XHB) sectors and the overall market (SPY).

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Hedge Funds and Their Stance on Emerging Markets

The global economy (ACWI) is showing signs of a strong recovery in 2017. Emerging nations (EEM) and developed nations (EFA) are both contributing to these results.

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