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November employment report key for Fed rate lift-off

U.S. economic data remained relatively mixed last week, likely indicating U.S. growth remains modest with no acceleration, but does not appear to be slowing toward recession.

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Evaluate mortgage options before rates rise

While economists across the nation debate whether the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates this year or wait until 2016, many homebuyers are taking advantage of a brisk housing market to purchase homes now and lock in a mortgage rate at levels that remain historically low. Although the Fed does not directly control mortgage rates, the rate it sets for banks’ own borrowing tends to quickly affect the mortgage rates banks offer to customers.

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Post-divorce financial planning

Most people don’t begin their marriage expecting it to end in divorce. However, statistics suggest that a significant portion of marriages will ultimately fail, perhaps a third or more. For those who do find themselves ending a marriage, a lot can be on the line financially as marital property, including investments, must be divided. Having a sound financial plan can ease your transition into life as a single person and can help ensure a comfortable financial future after the divorce.

Posted at 01:22 PM | Permalink | Comments


Improved unemployment raises expectations of December Fed rate lift-off

The eagerly anticipated October U.S. employment situation delivered a clear message to the market. Nonfarm payrolls climbed by 271,000 jobs, the unemployment rate dropped to 5%, and average hourly earnings rose 2.5% over the past year on a 0.4% gain in October. While not cheered by equity markets, this news did raise market expectations that the Federal Reserve will begin the rate hike lift-off at the December meeting, with Bloomberg calculations, based on futures market prices, rising to 70%.

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We have Fed lift-off? Not so fast

This week, the U.S. Federal Reserve was widely expected to leave interest rates unchanged at the conclusion of its meeting. While market-based estimates of Fed lift-off point to low odds of a rate increase this year, we, along with many economists, expect the Fed to raise rates at its December meeting. The key will be for economic data to generally improve.

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