All Posts Tagged: 2015

U.S. Outlook: Economy is looking better in October

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist

Following the slowdown of August and September, the economic data points so far for October suggest the U.S. is picking up some growth momentum.

Graph showing the decline in weekly jobless claims over recent months.This could make a December rate hike from the Fed a more likely scenario than the market is currently pricing in.

For more on this and other economic developments this week, see my full report. Highlights are outlined below, followed by a link to the full U.S. Outlook report, delivered on Oct 23.

Key observations:
  • The U.S. consumer appears to be shaking off economic concerns from abroad.
  • So far the slowdown in job creation seen in the payroll report is not even visible in the initial jobless claims data.
  • Housing and homebuilder data exceed expectations.
  • Putting it all together, the fourth quarter is off to a good start.
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It’s not too late to hone your goals for 2015

Don Mercer
Posted by Don Mercer
Small Business Banking
African American man giving a high five to a team member in a meeting, viewed from behind glass.

What are your goals for the year: Grow sales? Increase efficiency? Introduce new products?

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Economic projections and investment insight for 2015

Wade Balliet
Posted by Wade Balliet
Investment Strategy
Older couple sitting on large rock on a beach, looking out toward the water and bright horizon.

Our 2015 forecast echoes many of the themes from 2014 – an economic recovery driven by growth in consumer spending and lower unemployment.

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U.S. Outlook: 3 trends to watch for in 2015

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist
Chart showing fluctuations in inflation rate in recent years.

Rising interest rates, lower inflation, and strong consumer spending will do much to shape the U.S. economy and its growth.

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