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December jobs report – 2016 closes with strong U.S. payroll numbers



The Department of Labor reported on Friday that 156,000 jobs were added in December, slightly below expectations, but still a strong number. The best news in the report was wage growth, which grew at a pace of 2.9% year-over-year, and is the largest gain since 2009. The unemployment rate did tick…

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The Fed and the ECB: Divergent



While the past six months have been all about politics, the last two weeks have been all about the central banks. As widely expected, on December 14, the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) hiked policy rates by 25 basis points (bps) or 0.25%, taking the federal funds rate range to between 50 and 75 bps.…

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