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Not so sunny in Puerto Rico

Debt has been a hot topic worldwide the last couple of years as we see European nations as well as American cities struggle to get their hands around their funding needs. For the most part, those cities and states have been in the restructuring phase and we will continue to see these issues worked out… Continue reading →



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Fed announces interest rate hike

The Federal Reserve raised rates for the second time this year and we believe they’re still on target to raise rates once more toward the end of 2017. The current overnight rate is set between 1 and 1.25 percent. However, the language in the Fed statement is more dovish than in previous meetings as they… Continue reading →



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Trump’s first 100 days

On January 20, Donald J. Trump will become the 45th president of the United States, and we’re all wondering what “The World According to Trump” will look like. Given his penchant for late-night Twitter eruptions and policy head fakes, no one knows if the President-elect is serious about bringing fundamental change to the U.S. economy.… Continue reading →



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Rates increase for first time in 2016

Yesterday, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 0.25 percentage points to a range of 0.50 percent and 0.75 percent, signaling a strengthening US economy. We anticipated this hike, as did the stock market, which has already priced in a December rate hike. For many, this has not come as a surprise. The Fed is… Continue reading →



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How to invest in “any economy”

Earlier this week, I appeared on Fox Business “Countdown to the Closing Bell” with host Liz Claman to weigh in on current market conditions and strategies for investors to consider over the short- and long-term. Liz and I discussed Fort Pitt’s investing philosophy – namely why we look to buy good companies in unloved sectors,… Continue reading →



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