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Throughout most of 2019, inflation has had no reason to grab the headlines, but should investors be concerned about whether the price is right? Kevin Flanagan discusses.

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Before the release of last week’s jobs report, investors were inundated with headlines seemingly suggesting that it wasn’t a matter of “if” but “when” the U.S. economy would enter into a recession. However, there are some economic numbers that imply there is no clear and present danger of a contraction.
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In an interesting turn of events, the big news in Fixed Income has not been last week’s rate cut. Instead, the dislocations that were witnessed in the funding markets, and attendant Fed responses, seemed to take center stage. Kevin Flanagan discusses the N.Y. Fed’s “repo” solution and what to expect long-term.

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As was widely expected, the FOMC voted to reduce the Federal Funds target range by another quarter point following its September policy meeting. Kevin Flanagan discusses whether another cut in December is likely.

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The August jobs report was a disappointment, at least on the surface, but the numbers contained a trend that has not been seen since 1969. The jobless rate has now been below the 4% threshold for seven consecutive months. Kevin Flanagan discusses the mixed data and what it could mean for the next Fed meeting.
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The calendar has now turned to September, and that means another FOMC meeting is on tap with the results slated for announcement on September 18th. Based on “Fedspeak” surrounding the recent Jackson Hole conference, it appears as if there is some division among the policy makers on what the next step will be. Kevin Flanagan discusses the possible outcomes.

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