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Weekly Update: Linder, things are messed up beyond all recognition 
Jun. 23, 2017 :: Linda Duessel
Quiet is good as stocks continue to rise even as yields and inflation fall.
Orlando's Outlook: Immigration reform important to economic growth 
Jun. 23, 2017 :: Philip Orlando
Immigration policies can be employment- and growth-driven while keeping the country safe.
Weekly Update: Like watching paint dry 
Jun. 15, 2017 :: Linda Duessel
Neither inflation nor the roll-off of the Fed's balance sheet is going to move much in the near future.
Orlando's Outlook: Just say no 
Jun. 14, 2017 :: Philip Orlando
Republicans must pass good legislation to counter the Democrats' 'resistance.'
Orlando's Outlook: Round trip 
Jun. 9, 2017 :: Philip Orlando
The latest Federated Macro Policy Committee observations of and positions on the U.S. economy.
Weekly Update: Drastic conditions call for drastic measures 
Jun. 9, 2017 :: Linda Duessel
For the first time since the U.S. election, economists concerned that the economy could wind up doing worse than expected under Trump.
Weekly Update: I can't predict the future 
Jun. 2, 2017 :: Linda Duessel
Slow growth and low inflation are just fine for equities.
Orlando's Outlook: Mayday for May's jobs report 
Jun. 2, 2017 :: Philip Orlando
D.C. dysfunction and lack of people with the skills needed reasons combine for poor jobs report.
Orlando's Outlook: OPEC extends production cuts 
May 26, 2017 :: Philip Orlando
More Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend, and less oil will flow due to OPEC meeting.
Weekly Update: Surely, one of my 4 millennial children can spare a Jackson 
May 25, 2017 :: Linda Duessel
Longer-term issues aren't yet getting in the way of this market.
Weekly Update: It's too bad about his personality 
May 19, 2017 :: Linda Duessel
Worries that Trump's political problem may stall tax and other reforms are weighing on the markets.
Orlando's Outlook: Inflation stalls 
May 19, 2017 :: Philip Orlando
The Fed likely won't be distracted by the slowdown in inflation or Washington-related noise.
Market Memo: Buy—don't sell—in May 
May 12, 2017 :: Stephen Auth
After lagging this year, cyclical and financial stocks should be next in line to shine as rotational market is set for another run up
Weekly Update: The economy's in recession ... in Alaska 
May 12, 2017 :: Linda Duessel
Alaskans aren't much worried about Trump but sure would like to see oil prices move up.
Orlando's Outlook: Retail sales bounce despite dinosaur department stores 
May 12, 2017 :: Philip Orlando
Confident consumers should continue to spend, just differently than they have.
Weekly Update: A boogieman in the bushes? 
May 5, 2017 :: Linda Duessel
There's a fair amount of worry out there. That could be good for stocks.
Orlando's Outlook: Labor market redemption 
May 5, 2017 :: Philip Orlando
April's robust jobs report confirms that March's miss was an aberration.
Weekly Update: Tough act to follow 
Apr. 28, 2017 :: Linda Duessel
Accelerating growth and tax relief would be icing on the cake for the equity market.
Orlando's Outlook: Another punk first-quarter GDP 
Apr. 28, 2017 :: Philip Orlando
U.S. GDP growth is (yet again) slow in the first quarter, leading us to (yet again) forecast a rebound.
Weekly Update: My periwinkle heels were killer this week 
Apr. 21, 2017 :: Linda Duessel
Despite all the short-term noise, the longer-term is looking pretty good.
Orlando's Outlook: 100-day report card 
Apr. 21, 2017 :: Philip Orlando
The latest Federated Macro Policy Committee observations of and positions on the U.S. economy.
Market Memo: Hope on sale 
Apr. 13, 2017 :: Stephen Auth
As hope diminishes amid the political messiness, the equity-market bargains are mounting, we believe.
Weekly Update: On the road again 
Apr. 13, 2017 :: Linda Duessel
A South Florida visit found many still fearful and that may be good for equities.
Orlando's Outlook: Going nuclear 
Apr. 11, 2017 :: Philip Orlando
Implications from the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
Orlando's Outlook: 'Hey, Stella!' 
Apr. 7, 2017 :: Philip Orlando
Winter storm Stella did a number on the March payroll report; expect a snap back in April.
Weekly Update: It's all about earnings 
Apr. 7, 2017 :: Linda Duessel
There's a lot of noise, about Russia, missile strikes, the Fed, etc. But at the end of the day, what the market really cares about is earnings.
Weekly Update: Don't be a gambler, be an investor 
Mar. 31, 2017 :: Linda Duessel
Beyond all the noise, there are a lot of reasons to be optimistic about stocks for the longer term.
Orlando's Outlook: Core inflation grinding higher 
Mar. 31, 2017 :: Philip Orlando
Growing inflation should prompt the Fed to continue to hike interest rates, driving both bond yields and stock prices higher over time.
Market Memo: Small caps may have more room to run 
Mar. 30, 2017 :: Gregory Sterzel
Trump administration proposals, if carried out, could prove very beneficial for smaller companies.
Weekly Update: Fantastic tax cuts would be so much fun! 
Mar. 24, 2017 :: Linda Duessel
While the media gets caught up in repeal-and-reform debate, the White House and the market keep their eyes on a bigger prize.
Orlando's Outlook: Negative momentum in Washington 
Mar. 24, 2017 :: Philip Orlando
Financial markets hate uncertainty, so continued congressional intransigence could introduce volatility.
In Short: Federated adds to equity overweight 
Mar. 22, 2017 :: Philip Orlando
Asset-allocation committee views pullback as opportunity for long-term stock investors.
Weekly Update: Nothingburger 
Mar. 17, 2017 :: Linda Duessel
The trend for stocks remains up and there's not a lot getting in the way.
Secular Bull Update: Where next? 
Mar. 15, 2017 :: Stephen Auth
This secular bull could get us to 3,000, possibly in 2019.
Orlando's Outlook: Beware the Ides of March 
Mar. 14, 2017 :: Philip Orlando
The latest Federated Macro Policy Committee observations of and positions on the U.S. economy.
Orlando's Outlook: Another solid jobs report 
Mar. 10, 2017 :: Philip Orlando
In addition to headline gains in nonfarm payrolls, the report had strong details.
Weekly Update: A beautiful long and winding road 
Mar. 10, 2017 :: Linda Duessel
Worries may arise over a looming Fed hike and Obamacare repeal-and-replace battles, but the longer view is still a good one.
Weekly Update: All over the place in N.C. 
Mar. 3, 2017 :: Linda Duessel
The market continues to touch new highs even as it enters a seasonally strong period. Can it keep going?
Weekly Update: Trump, Trump, Trump ad nauseam 
Feb. 24, 2017 :: Linda Duessel
Market is starting to want specifics, not rhetoric, on policy moves.
Orlando's Outlook: Striking the right balance on immigration 
Feb. 24, 2017 :: Philip Orlando
We can improve GDP growth and protect the U.S. from terrorism without sacrificing healthy levels of safe immigration.
Weekly Update: It's annual review time! 
Feb. 17, 2017 :: Linda Duessel
Inflation is finding its way into the market vernacular, but it's not yet causing trouble.
Orlando's Outlook: Has the post-election consumer turned the corner? 
Feb. 17, 2017 :: Philip Orlando
Just when it seemed the Grinch had won, data shows Christmas retail sales were the best in five years.
Market Memo: Firmly in the 'buy the dips' mode 
Feb. 13, 2017 :: Stephen Auth
A pullback may be in the offing but that's just a chance to add to equities in a market that has strong upside underpinnings.
Weekly Update: Winter break 
Feb. 10, 2017 :: Linda Duessel
The market likes what it's hearing but at some point, the rubber is going to need to meet the road.
Orlando's Outlook: Positive 'January Barometer' raises likelihood of good year 
Feb. 8, 2017 :: Philip Orlando
Historically, as the first five trading days of January go, so goes the month; and as the month goes, so goes the year.
Orlando's Outlook: January jobs report trumps consensus 
Feb. 3, 2017 :: Philip Orlando
Big jump in nonfarm payrolls and rising labor force participation are welcome changes, but wage growth unexpectedly slows.
Weekly Update: Nothing going on here, so ... 
Feb. 3, 2017 :: Linda Duessel
In Vancouver, they're worried about Trump. But in the U.S., the equity market still seems encouraged.
Weekly Update: In the Great Northwest, trying to get their arms around this new administration 
Jan. 27, 2017 :: Linda Duessel
Trump bump is benefitting markets but certain investors don't seem to care much.
Orlando's Outlook: Huge trade drag hurts Q4 GDP 
Jan. 27, 2017 :: Philip Orlando
The problem was the largest drag from trade in six years, in part due to the unwinding of the unsustainable surge in soybean exports in Q3.
Orlando's Outlook: Buy the election, sell the inauguration? 
Jan. 20, 2017 :: Philip Orlando
Recent sideways market likely reflects investors' desires to see what Trump and GOP Congress actually do over the few months.
Weekly Update: Anticipating President (The?) Donald in La La Land 
Jan. 20, 2017 :: Linda Duessel
We're about to find out if Trump can work with Congress to strengthen and broaden the reach of America's economy.
Q&A: Market set to climb a 'Wall of Hope' this year and next 
Jan. 18, 2017 :: Stephen Auth
The reasons for Federated's 2,500 target on the S&P 500 by year-end 2018 are fundamental and structural.
Weekly Update: Will trickle-down economics work? 
Jan. 13, 2017 :: Linda Duessel
While the market digests the work ahead for change, its more favorable outlook still centers on the ability of Trump's agenda to perk up growth.
Orlando's Outlook: What a difference a year makes 
Jan. 13, 2017 :: Philip Orlando
The January Barometer is predicting good conditions for the economy and equities in 2017.
Weekly Update: Where are we in the business cycle? 
Jan. 6, 2017 :: Linda Duessel
Expected Trumponomics stimulus will likely keep a late-stage business cycle going.
Orlando's Outlook: December jobs report ends 2016 on sour note 
Jan. 6, 2017 :: Philip Orlando
Job growth decelerates as the economy closes out 2016.
Orlando's Outlook: Will surge in confidence boost consumer spending? 
Dec. 27, 2016 :: Philip Orlando
Consumer confidence readings are high, but will holiday spending follow suit?
2017 Outlook: Let's take it easy 
Dec. 27, 2016 :: Linda Duessel
As the calendar turns, a market euphoric over a pro-growth Trump may shift its focus to the frustrations of getting things done.
2017 Outlook: Wall of Hope 
Dec. 16, 2016 :: Stephen Auth
The 'Wall of Worry' is giving way to a 'Wall of Hope' on expectations for transformational changes under Trump.
Weekly Update: Santa does exist! 
Dec. 16, 2016 :: Linda Duessel
We'll worry about next year later. Right now, it may not be worth fighting the tape.
Orlando's Outlook: It's all about 'Trumponomics' 
Dec. 16, 2016 :: Philip Orlando
Federated boosts GDP growth prospects on Trump initiatives.
Orlando's Outlook: Saudis get their cut 
Dec. 9, 2016 :: Philip Orlando
If oil-producing nations stick to cuts and winter proves to be wicked, oil prices should stick to their higher range.
Weekly Update: I'm Team USA! 
Dec. 9, 2016 :: Linda Duessel
A Republican sweep led by non-traditional Trump continues to lift the stock market to new highs.
Orlando's Outlook: Head scratcher 
Dec. 2, 2016 :: Philip Orlando
November jobs report doesn't seem to fit the anecdotal evidence.
Weekly Update: 'I'm crazy bullish!' 
Dec. 2, 2016 :: Linda Duessel
There are a lot of catalysts for the market through year-end, but Linda Duessel cautions investors not to get ahead of themselves.
Weekly Update: My sincere thanks to you 
Nov. 23, 2016 :: Linda Duessel
The ride may last a while longer but there are near-term roadblocks ahead.
Orlando's Outlook: Election was all about the economy 
Nov. 22, 2016 :: Philip Orlando
We believe Trump’s plans can lead to a stronger economy, defense and health care without sacrificing important social progress.
Weekly Update: A high-class problem 
Nov. 17, 2016 :: Linda Duessel
Most everyone thinks the Republican sweep is driving the stock rally and bond sell-off. But maybe it only reinforced data pointing to a risk-on move already.
Weekly Update: Land that I love 
Nov. 11, 2016 :: Linda Duessel
His faults aside, Donald Trump's appeal and policies are a lot like Ronald Reagan's. Maybe we should call him, Ronald Trump?
Orlando's Outlook: American Brexit prompts increased equity allocation 
Nov. 11, 2016 :: Philip Orlando
We believe domestic large-cap value and growth stocks will benefit from Trump’s fiscal-policy initiatives.
Market Memo: Back to the secular bull; adding to equities 
Nov. 10, 2016 :: Stephen Auth
Republican sweep sets the stage for policies that are constructive for equities.
Election Special: It's the hard place 
Nov. 9, 2016 :: Stephen Auth
Trump's surprise win initially will drive a risk-off trade, but longer-term, it may present opportunities for long-term investors.
Orlando's Outlook: Not a game changer 
Nov. 4, 2016 :: Philip Orlando
Weak labor report no reason to change our forecast for a Fed hike.
Weekly Update: Interest rates aren't nearly as sexy as this election 
Nov. 4, 2016 :: Linda Duessel
All eyes are on Tuesday's election but Linda is watching inflation and interest rates.
Market Memo: Between a rock and a hard place 
Nov. 2, 2016 :: Stephen Auth
Election uncertainty is only one of many near-term headwinds that argue for caution in this market.
Weekly Update: Stagflation, seriously? 
Oct. 28, 2016 :: Linda Duessel
The economy has issues but they aren't as bad as many think.
Orlando's Outlook: Soybeans? Really? 
Oct. 28, 2016 :: Philip Orlando
An unsustainable, weather-related sale of soybeans to China had a lopsided effect on today's GDP reading..
Orlando's Outlook: The debates are over; let the real debates begin 
Oct. 21, 2016 :: Philip Orlando
Can Washington come together post-election to address corporate tax reform?
Weekly Update: Warm milk, cold toast 
Oct. 21, 2016 :: Linda Duessel
Evidence suggests U.S. economy will continue to muddle along, and that may be OK.
Weekly Update: I am at peace 
Oct. 14, 2016 :: Linda Duessel
With a Clinton victory appearing more likely, Linda focuses on what happens 4 years from now.
Orlando's Outlook: Stocks drift lower, reflecting broad worries 
Oct. 14, 2016 :: Philip Orlando
Investors may want to play defense until there is some clarity to (more than) a few issues.
Weekly Update: You don't have to tell me for whom you're voting 
Oct. 7, 2016 :: Linda Duessel
Signs of strengthening as fall arrives may help equities but uncertainties abound, starting with the election.
Orlando's Outlook: Perfect storm 
Oct. 7, 2016 :: Philip Orlando
The labor-market report was disappointing for the second-consecutive month.
Weekly Update: In search of something better 
Sept. 30, 2016 :: Linda Duessel
In Texas, they just want to see faster growth.
Orlando's Outlook: OPEC Kabuki dance 
Sept. 30, 2016 :: Philip Orlando
We are skeptical OPEC’s meeting in Algiers was anything more than posturing.
Weekly Update: A positive spin on those ultra-low interest rates 
Sept. 23, 2016 :: Linda Duessel
Low yields might actually not reveal anything useful about growth prospects, so growth might not be as bad as feared.
Orlando's Outlook: Must-See TV—a Presidential debate primer 
Sept. 23, 2016 :: Philip Orlando
100 million people might watch the first debate, which would be the most in broadcast history.
Weekly Update: Hey, I'm not the one running for president! 
Sept. 16, 2016 :: Linda Duessel
There seems to be a lot of anger and uncertainty out there over the election, the economy and the markets.
Orlando's Outlook: Retail sales are a Back-to-School bust 
Sept. 16, 2016 :: Philip Orlando
And the miss may portend poor fourth-quarter holiday spending.
Market Memo: The long-awaited downside move may be at hand 
Sept. 15, 2016 :: Stephen Auth
Near-term risks could give us a correction heading into fall, but longer-term, this could create attractive buying opportunities for patient investors.
Orlando's Outlook: Air of complacency 
Sept. 9, 2016 :: Philip Orlando
A mixed bag of indicators is a backdrop to our latest assessment of the U.S. economy.
Weekly Update: My limo driver at 5 a.m. wanted to discuss interest rates 
Sept. 9, 2016 :: Linda Duessel
Monetary policy normalization, rather than accommodation, may pose systemic risk. Nearer-term, improving Trump's odds could spark a sell-off.
Weekly Update: It was hot in Music City 
Sept. 2, 2016 :: Linda Duessel
Lower rates for longer, no recession in sight and the market's behavior in past rate-hike cycles suggest that equities should remain in a bull.
Orlando's Outlook: August quirks continue 
Sept. 2, 2016 :: Philip Orlando
Reasons why August’s labor report has more seasonal adjustment than any other month.
Weekly Update: September? December? 
Aug. 26, 2016 :: Linda Duessel
It probably doesn't matter when the Fed rate hike comes. The longer-term view remains bullish.
Orlando's Outlook: Did Yellen put September back on the table? 
Aug. 26, 2016 :: Philip Orlando
The Fed Chair echoed several other Fed officials with a hawkish speech in Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Secular Bull Update: Still near-term cautious but 2,500 remains in the wings 
Aug. 25, 2016 :: Stephen Auth
There are some issues that could stall or pare gains between now and year-end. But the longer-term outlook is still very bullish.
Early Election Special: For your beach-reading pleasure 
Aug. 17, 2016 :: Linda Duessel
Linda Duessel breaks down the likely policy proposals and market impact of the top two presidential candidates.
Orlando's Outlook: Minimum wage—a political hot potato 
Aug. 16, 2016 :: Philip Orlando
Just how helpful, if at all, would raising the minimum wage be?
Weekly Update: Shaka! 
Aug. 12, 2016 :: Linda Duessel
As the market hits new highs, investors are chill as the data pipeline slows during vacation season.
Orlando's Outlook: 'See you in September?' Not! 
Aug. 9, 2016 :: Philip Orlando
Is the market really listening to the Fed's rate-hike tune?
Weekly Update: Is an inflation scare building? 
Aug. 5, 2016 :: Linda Duessel
The news was good this week, and the market responded accordingly. But will potentially stronger growth also bring higher inflation and rates?
Orlando's Outlook: Solid July jobs report across the board 
Aug. 5, 2016 :: Philip Orlando
But will the strong July payrolls report push the Fed to move in September?
Orlando's Outlook: Big GDP miss freezes Fed, changes election tone 
Jul. 29, 2016 :: Philip Orlando
Second-quarter GDP growth was less-than-half what consensus and we expected.
Weekly Update: We could be worrying too much, continued ... 
Jul. 29, 2016 :: Linda Duessel
Disappointing spring data and concerns over the election outcome may be masking a market that has more oomph than we think.
Orlando's Outlook: Teflon market 
Jul. 22, 2016 :: Philip Orlando
Stocks keep climbing despite a swirl of looming headwinds.
Weekly Update: The world turned upside down 
Jul. 22, 2016 :: Linda Duessel
It used to be P/E multiples would fall when inflation would rise; now it seems the opposite is true as the market yearns for growth and safety.
Weekly Update: A new record high for the S&P just as conventions begin 
Jul. 15, 2016 :: Linda Duessel
Markets grind ever higher as earnings and data lift spirits even as rates stay low and doubts abound.
Orlando's Outlook: Labor-market perception versus reality 
Jul. 15, 2016 :: Philip Orlando
A closer look at the recent and long-term peculiarities of the jobs market post-Great Recession.
Orlando's Outlook: June jobs jump 
Jul. 8, 2016 :: Philip Orlando
But we don’t think today’s surprising labor-market strength points to a Fed hike July 27.
Weekly Update: If it's a good story, you keep telling it 
Jul. 8, 2016 :: Linda Duessel
Yield strategies are holding firm in this low-rate, high uncertainty environment.
Market Memo: 'A Five Ones World' 
Jul. 8, 2016 :: Stephen Auth
Uncertainty and headwinds could lead to euro-dollar-pound parity, 1% 10-year yield and a Fed that is one and done. Caution remains the word of the day.
Weekly Update: The trouble with committing political suicide 
Jul. 1, 2016 :: Linda Duessel
The real concern over Brexit isn't the U.K. or even the EU. It's whether it marks a populist movement that will bring an end to globalization.
Orlando's Outlook: British Independence Day 
Jul. 1, 2016 :: Philip Orlando
Ahead of the Fourth of July, we review Britain's independence from the EU.
Market Memo: Recent trip to Europe confirms 'cloudy with a chance of sun' forecast 
Jun. 14, 2016 :: Stephen Auth
Observations while in Europe reaffirm Federated's cautious stance.
Orlando's Outlook: Strong December jobs report doesn't matter for markets 
Jan. 8, 2016 :: Philip J Orlando
The labor market was much stronger than expected in December, which should have quelled some of the China-driven angst that has roiled global markets thus far in 2016.

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