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2nd Quarter Economic Update | August 2018

By | 2018-08-14T13:28:07+00:00 August 14th, 2018|Categories: On Our Minds|Tags: , , , , |

Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased 4.1% in the second quarter of 2018, according to the “advance” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.  This is up from 2.2% in the first quarter.  The 2nd quarter increase in real GDP reflected increases in consumer spending, exports, business investment, and government spending.  The only decreases were [...]

The Tariff Tiff and History Repeating Itself

By | 2018-07-26T14:01:48+00:00 July 19th, 2018|Categories: Business Wise|Tags: , , , , , |

“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” – Mark Twain Financial crises have hit the global markets on a regular basis throughout history.  And it appears financial crises will continue to pop up at regular intervals into the future.  The first recorded speculative bubble was Tulip Mania in 1637, a period in the Dutch Golden [...]

1st Quarter Economic Update | May 2018

By | 2018-07-05T16:07:13+00:00 May 18th, 2018|Categories: On Our Minds|Tags: , , , , |

Our economic indicators continue to run positive for the first quarter of 2018.  Consumer spending, business investments and residential fixed investments rose at a 4.6% annual rate.  Gross Domestic Product (GDP), a broad measure of the nation’s overall economic activity has shown consistent growth over the past three quarters; up 3.2% in 2017’s 3rd quarter, 2.9% [...]

John’s Market Commentary Q1 | 2018

By | 2018-04-25T14:07:25+00:00 April 18th, 2018|Categories: On Our Minds|Tags: , , , , , |

Well, 2018’s first quarter earnings season is in the process of winding down.  The first quarter of 2018 had considerably more noise with respect to earnings because of the new tax law changes.  However, earnings are looking much better than expected. During the quarter, investors celebrated the passage of the Republican tax plan that lowered the [...]

4th Quarter Economic Update | January 2018

By | 2018-02-22T21:51:08+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Categories: On Our Minds|Tags: , , , , |

Once again, the economic metrics we follow indicate growth is strong around the world.   The ultra-loose monetary policies that were implemented due to the financial crises a decade ago have led to an expanding global economy resulting in many countries continuing to see strong GDP growth.  Labor markets are solid, global trade is healthy and commodity [...]

Negative Interest Rate Policy (NIRP) – The Great Experiment | 2017 Update

By | 2017-09-19T20:22:06+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Categories: On Our Minds|Tags: , , , |

Back in July 2016, I penned a blog that discussed the novel, and potentially dangerous, way several world economies tried to stimulate their nation’s economies by forcing negative interest rates. To date, seven foreign central banks have adopted negative interest rates to stimulate their national economies.  On the list are Japan, European Central Bank, Denmark, Sweden, [...]

Mackey Advisors Economic Update | May 2017

By | 2017-06-14T14:58:07+00:00 May 18th, 2017|Categories: On Our Minds|Tags: , , , , |

The U.S. economy continues to do well.  It is stable and has proven to be resilient to domestic and global news events.  It continues to slowly recover and, according to most economists, should continue to do so through 2017 and into 2018.  The employment situation continues to improve; the unemployment rate is 4.7% and remains near [...]

Mackey Advisors Economic Update

By | 2017-05-24T17:57:19+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Categories: On Our Minds|Tags: , , , , |

All indicators are now pointing, more or less, in a positive direction for the U.S. economy.  The consumer continues to be in the driver’s seat, enjoying low energy prices, low borrowing costs (for now anyway), rising wages and a strong housing market.  As far as the economy is concerned, the elections were a non-event.  Although there [...]

A Cybercrime That Could Bankrupt Your Company

By | 2016-08-31T17:58:34+00:00 August 31st, 2016|Categories: Business Wise, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

During the summer of 2008, a different type of cybercrime was identified — corporate account takeover. It is costly and ranks among the fastest and most stealthy type of attack. Cybercriminals engaging in this activity surreptitiously obtain an entity’s financial banking credentials, use software to hijack one of its computers remotely and steal funds from the [...]

Mackey Advisors Economic Update

By | 2017-05-09T22:13:54+00:00 July 28th, 2016|Categories: Personal Planning, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

The U.S. economy continues to remain a bright spot in the world despite significant headwinds that dampened activity in the early months of 2016.  The consumer is driving U.S. economic growth.  According to recent Consumer Confidence reports, purchasers continue to view business and labor market conditions (i.e. personal income prospects) positively.  They are cautiously optimistic about [...]