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The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the U.S. Increased; Economy to Continue Expanding in Near-Term

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The ten components of The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® for the U.S. include:Average weekly hours, manufacturingAverage weekly initial claims for unemployment insuranceManufacturers' new orders, consumer goods and materialsISM® Index of New OrdersManufacturers' new orders, nondefense capital goods excluding aircraft ordersBuilding permits, new private housing unitsStock prices, 500 common stocksLeading Credit Index™Interest rate spread, 10-year Treasury bonds less federal fundsAverage consumer expectations for business conditionsFor full press release and technical notes:http://www.conference-board.org/data/bcicountry.cfm?cid=1

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US Economy Starts to Slow Entering 2019, but Headwinds Ease

GDP Growth Slowed

The Federal Reserve has signaled that it will postpone further interest rate hikes until signs of rising inflation emerge and cease balance sheet normalization activities towards the end of this year. Stock price gains since the announcement of these policy shifts illustrate that if they are executed, business confidence is likely to rise.

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Financial Statements of the ECB for 2018

ECB profit increased in 2018

The ECB’s net profit is distributed to the euro area national central banks (NCBs). The Governing Council decided to make an interim profit distribution, amounting to €1,191 million, to the euro area NCBs on 31 January 2019. At yesterday’s meeting, the Governing Council decided to distribute the remainder of the profit, amounting to €384 million, on 22 February 2019.

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Brexit Uncertainty to Continue for at Least Another Two Months

A Statement from The Conference Board Press Release Provided By The Conference Board Jan 16, 2019, 07:35 ET NEW YORK, Jan. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The British parliament took a decisive step today in the Brexit divorce process to not support the plan negotiated by Prime Minister May with the European Commission. Uncertainty has dominated the entire process until now …

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When Interest Rates Rise: Winners and Losers

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The green back has appreciated over 20% against other currencies since July 2014 in anticipation of a rate hike. A strong dollar is a positive for consumers buying goods or traveling overseas, but the flipside is that a strong dollar ends up hurting American exporters.

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