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Economic Update: Not tight, just less loose

When the Federal Reserve raises rates by another quarter percentage point on Wednesday, you’re going to see many stories about monetary policy getting tight and the potential threat that poses for the economy in general, but more specifically – the bull market in stocks.
As usual, you should discount the conventional wisdom.

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Big Government Slows Growth

Economic Update: March 2017 – Big Government Slows Growth In 1930, Pluto was declared the ninth planet. Apparently, and I’ve been informed by my 11 year old daughter and 8 year old son, that in 2007, Pluto was demoted to “dwarf planet” status by astronomers after considering new evidence.  So I guess, we are now […]

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February Economic Update: Leading Economic Indicators continue to show growth

The Conference Board Leading Economic Index® (LEI) for the U.S. increased 0.6 percent in January, following a 0.5 percent increase in December, and a 0.2 percent increase in November. Eight of the ten components increased in January suggesting economic growth over the next six months. The positive contributors, beginning with the largest contributor, were the interest rate […]

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Economic Update: January 2017 – Another Plow Horse Quarter

Confidence surveys have soared since the election. The Conference Board’s future expectations measure hit the highest level since 2003 and the NFIB small business confidence index rose at its fastest pace ever. Other surveys are up too, but I believe that it will take much more than “an election” to lift economic growth from its […]

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Economic Update: A Different Kind of Christmas Story!

Merry Christmas to you! This is the last economic update of the year, but as we prepare to celebrate the holiday season with our families, I felt that I would present something completely different. As we end 2016, there is plenty of data to examine and comments to be made by me in regards to […]

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October Economic Update: Defining the Dumper with Some Facts

Recently, one of our clients kindly explained in an email to Senior Vice President Randall Griggs that our viewpoints are too optimistic when it comes to the economy. “The economy is in the dumper and real unemployment is between 16-20% since over 90 million people could and should be working and are not working,” he […]

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Economic Update: The Fed Punted Again

VisionQuest Clients: Once again, the Federal Reserve kicked the rate hike down the road, but it certainly looks likely that rates will be increased in December 2016. To me, the biggest news from today wasn’t the Fed’s unwillingness to raise rates because if the Fed has been seriously considering a rate hike, I think they […]

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Economic Update – July 2016

Economic Update – July 2016   July 2016 Economic Update from VisionQuest Wealth Management on Vimeo. It didn’t take long for the markets to shrug off a weak May jobs report and media fueled fears of Brexit after effects.   After dipping below 2,000 in the days following the UK referendum, fears faded, economic data showed a continued strengthening of […]

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VisionQuest in the News

VisionQuest’s Joe Baker interviewed on ABC News in Charleston

VisionQuest’s Senior Vice-President, Joe Baker, was recently interviewed by ABC News 4 television in Charleston, South Carolina regarding the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) moving to a historic high. See link:  http://abcnews4.com/news/business-news/expert-provides-insight-on-dow-jones-historic-day Joe explains in his interview that there are some psychological benefits when an index crosses an all-time high, but it has little significance […]

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