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  • GDP Growth in the Second Quarter – Consumer Strength, Better Data

    The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released its “advance” estimate of real GDP growth for the second quarter of 2015 and revisions to historical estimates back to 2012. Real GDP grew at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 2.3%, accelerating from a 0.6% rate in the first quarter. Personal consumption expenditures (PCE) contributed most of the growth (2.0%). Contributions from… Read More ›

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  • New Home Loans: Rates and House Prices Both Increase

    Interest rates on conventional mortgages used to buy newly built homes increased in June, according to data released earlier today by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA).  The data show the average contract interest rate increasing by 9 basis points to 3.86 percent, the highest it’s been since January. The average initial fees and charges on the loans decreased by… Read More ›

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  • Federal Open Market Committee July Meeting – Afternoon Tea

    At 2:00 pm today the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy setting committee, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), concluded its July meeting and released the standard post-meeting statement. Let the reading of the tea leaves begin. Analysts’ expectations for the meeting were for no major changes and the FOMC delivered: marginal changes in the assessment of economic conditions (more later), no… Read More ›

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