All Posts Tagged: taxes

U.S. Outlook: Intrigue hijacks the policy agenda; risk on the rise

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist

Daily economic indicators continue to show the second-quarter U.S. economic rebound remains on track. However, beyond this quarter, the economic and policy outlooks are becoming cloudy again.

Graph showing rise of President Trump's disapproval rating.The political drama in Washington, D.C.,intensified this week and has potentially damaged and/or delayed the Trump administration’s business-friendly economic policy agenda.

For more on this, see highlights of my report below, followed by a link to the full U.S. Outlook, delivered on May 19.

Key observations:

  • President Trump’s ratings are once again revisiting their lowest levels since he took office.
  • Republican lawmakers may be more willing to distance themselves from elements of the president’s tax reform and budget plan — for example, whether to make the tax cuts revenue-neutral or not.
  • Measures of stock market volatility and credit risk show a level of complacency that seems oddly out of place with the dire political headlines of the day.
  • This week’s events call our GDP 2018 forecast into question and tip the balance of risks more toward the downside than the upside in my view.

Click here to read my full report.

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Investment Insights: Keeping a close eye

Wade Balliet
Posted by Wade Balliet
Investment Strategy
close up on business section of a tax form

Increases in lending rates may cause some downside pressure, but corporations could soon benefit from new laws.

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Assessing whether you can afford to buy a home

Victor Polich
Mortgage Banking
Two men looking at tablet, also near a laptop, assessing a financial question.

Good budgeting can help you enjoy your new home, rather than sit there worrying about how you’ll pay for it all.

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In the Market: Millennials’ spending & credit trends

Nneka Madus
Posted by Nneka Madus
Mortgage Market Analyst
Young man sitting in big arm chair near bay windows in his living room.

Since many millennials aren’t buying homes, what exactly are we spending our money on?

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Tax season 2016: Don’t fall victim to scammers

David Pollino
Fraud Prevention
Young couple: woman sitting on desk looking at paperwork while man sits at laptop, looking at her

This time each year identity thieves make a living filing fraudulent returns and cashing in on the unwitting victims’ tax refunds.

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