AIIS Newsletter: February 2019

February 2019 Market Update The Federal Reserve appears to be backing off its plan to continue to raise interest rates. At least two increases to the target range for the federal funds rate had been expected this year, but following the Federal Open Market Committee’s...

AIIS Newsletter: January 2019

January 2019 Market Update The longest government shutdown in U.S. history could threaten to stall the country’s economic momentum. With lawmakers and the Trump administration unable to reach a deal on spending, parts of the government have been shut down since Dec....

AIIS Newsletter: November 2018

November 2018 Market Update The U.S. economy has now posted back-to-back quarters of at least 3 percent growth for only the fifth time in the past 13 years. Gross domestic product (GDP) expanded by 3.5 percent in the third quarter, according to the Bureau of Economic...

AIIS Newsletter: October 2018

October 2018 Market Update The unemployment rate in September fell to its lowest point in nearly half a century as the economy continues to show signs of strength. Although employers added only 134,000 jobs nationwide – the lowest monthly total in a year, possibly...

July 2018 Market Update

Trench warfare continues in what the Chinese Ministry of Commerce describes as “the biggest trade war in economic history.” In the latest exchange, the Trump administration in early July added $34 billion of Chinese imports to the list of products on which it will...

AIIS Newsletter: June 2018

June 2018 Market Update The trade war has started. After President Trump announced on June 1 that Canada, Mexico and the European Union will be subject to the new 25 percent tariffs on steel and 10 percent tariffs on aluminum from which they had been temporarily...