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Weekly market & economic update    |  08.12.19

While the S&P 500 closed lower last week, it is up 16% for the year, reflecting overall performance that remains resilient and broad based. Learn more.

3Q 2019 investment outlook: 2019's second act begins to unfold

Key takeaways from our 3Q 2019 investment outlook.

Stock market volatility continues on recession fears

Expert analysts at U.S. Bank have guidance on the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield falling below the 2-year yield for the first time since June 2007. Get advice on what to do next.

Trade tensions between China and the U.S. intensify

Set against the backdrop of escalating trade tensions between the U.S. and China, the S&P 500 declined 3% Monday – its worst one-day drop since February 2018.

Trade and interest rates bring volatility, but economic momentum remains key

After ending last week at an all-time high, the stock market had its largest weekly loss of 2019 and volatility spiked. This was due in large part to trade policy and uncertainty over interest rates, but how this affects U.S. growth is what we’ll be watching.

Fed cuts interest rates for the first time in over a decade

The Fed reduced the target policy rate percent today. They also indicated openness to further rate cuts as needed, citing softening global economic activity and uncertainties to the outlook. Learn more from the experts at U.S. Bank.

How the SECURE Act may impact tax-deferred retirement accounts

For the first time in over a decade, the U.S. Congress is working to make major changes to tax-deferred retirement accounts.

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