A closely followed economic statistic by economists and market analysts is the unemployment rate. In fact, the Department of Labor has numerous levels of unemployment rates that it compiles and reports. Of the various rates, the U-3 is known as the traditional or official rate, which came in at 6.9% for its most recent release. […]
For months, even before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, several countries were busy assembling trade agreements in order to facilitate and promote free trade. Asian countries were among the bulk of the agreements in the making, including both developed and emerging economies. This November, one of the long awaited free trade agreements […]
Vaccine News Inoculates Market Against Accelerating Pandemic November began with a dramatic rally as worries about election turmoil subsided. Soon after, news of very strong trial results for multiple COVID-19 vaccines greatly strengthened investor sentiment and dominated market action since. The news came at an opportune time since the pandemic spread was also accelerating into […]
The combination of a finalized election, effective vaccine trials, and positive earnings from various sectors, drove equity indices higher in November. Analysts expect upcoming additions to the S&P 500 Index to produce added volatility with the index, creating demand for customized indexing, also known as direct indexing. The rise of copper prices to a six-year […]
Equity markets responded positively to news that the availability of vaccinations was imminently close. Major equity indices reached new highs in November as elements of uncertainty eased with promising vaccine trials and finalized election results. With the election behind us, attention now turns back to the pandemic and its ongoing effects on the U.S. and […]
With open enrollment upon us, millions of Americans will be deciding on which, if any, changes to make to their Medicare coverage. The Open Enrollment Period for 2021 coverage is from November 1, 2020 to December 15, 2020. Coverage for any changes or new plans begins January 1, 2021. Since Medicare doesn’t cover all medical […]
International migration plunged 46% over the past year as the pandemic has hindered mobility for millions of migrant workers worldwide. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) tracks the issuance of new visas and permits by the organization’s 37 member countries, including the United States. The OECD found that new visas and permits fell […]
COVID-19 has upended and completely altered the way we use energy. What has been conventional wisdom and consistent for decades has all changed in a matter of months. For the first time since 1960, U.S. consumers have spent more on electricity than on gasoline, representing a dramatic shift in energy usage. Reasons for the shift […]
The Federal Reserve tracks and compiles data on all of the generational members which include the Silent, Baby Boomer, Gen X, and Millennials. The data is revealing that the millennial generation, born between 1981 to 1996, are lacking in their finances. Fed data for the four generations shows that millennials have already accumulated nearly as […]
Millions of Americans are having their credit scores adversely affected by the pandemic, as banks and finance companies modify the extension of credit. As consumers struggle to retain a fragile balance between joblessness, lower wages, and household expenses, lenders are cutting credit limits, lines of credit, and credit card charge limits. The result has been […]
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