Macro Overview – April 2024

A stronger then anticipated jobs report reduced chances of a Fed rate cut in June as projected by analysts. Strong labor dynamics tend to foster underlying inflation for longer periods of time, thus influencing the Fed’s decision on rate decreases. …

America is Getting Older – Demographics

The average age in the U.S. increased to a historic high in 2022, rising 0.2 years between 2021 and 2022 to reach a median of 38.9 years old. The average age has been steadily rising toward 40 years old, primarily …

COLA Not Keeping Up With Medicare Premium Increases

Even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, seniors were foregoing retirement until later as well as taking part-time jobs even after retiring. Living longer for millions of Americans has translated into a financial challenge resulting in dealing with the …

OPEC Weakens Further – Oil Industry Focus

OPEC Weakens Further – Oil Industry Focus – March 2019 The once almighty oil cartel known as OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries), has weaken to the point that its members have lost confidence in the organization’s ability to …

Tax Breaks For Family Caregivers – Tax Planning

As the number of elderly has grown nationwide, so has the need for caregivers. The baby boom generation, the largest demographical segment of the U.S. population at 74 million, are now entering their late 60s and early 70s. Many are …

Oil Prices Take A Large Drop – Commodities Update

Global oil prices declined sharply in November, with the domestic benchmark (WTI) falling 22% for the month, the single largest monthly drop in 10 years. The steep drop in price is a result of increased production by U.S. producers as …

Macro Overview – December 2018

The Group of Twenty (G20) summit in Argentina produced two significant trade deals for the United States, a revised trade agreement with Canada and Mexico as well as a trade tariff truce with China. The trade arrangements were initially received …