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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Does Economic Momentum Exist?

In June 2011, Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Ben Bernanke noted that the economic recovery had been “uneven across sectors and frustratingly slow.” In November 2011, Bernanke said that there “have been some elements of bad luck” impacting the economy. Even before November, however, the recovery had been picking up some steam…

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Does Economic Momentum Exist?

Stock Market’s Flat 2011 May Suggest Booming 2012

The last trading day of 2011 seemed to be a fitting way to end the year. The S&P 500 Index remained in positive territory for the year until the last seconds of the day when a batch of sell trades produced the quick drop that left it to close at 1,257.60. This left the S&P 500 to end 2011 unchanged from the 1,257.64 closing level of 2010…

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Hitting the Ground Running

 Financial markets absorbed a lot of bad news in 2011, but will have to set those memories aside quickly here in the New Year, and be ready to focus on another key round of economic data and policy events. Key reports on the state of the manufacturing sector, consumer spending and the labor market as 2011 ended will compete for…

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 Hitting the Ground Running