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Economic Insights

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Economic Insights

October 2021

Following the Inflation Debate

During the 12 months ending in June 2021, consumer prices shot up 5.4%, the highest inflation rate since 2008.1 The annual increase in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban...
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Economic Insights

September 2021

Company Stock and Your Retirement Strategy

The opportunity to acquire company stock — inside or outside a workplace retirement plan — can be a lucrative employee benefit. Your compensation may include stock options or bonuses paid...
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Economic Insights

August 2021

Stock Market Risks in the Spotlight

During March 2021, the widening availability of COVID-19 vaccinations, signs of improving economic conditions, and a third, $1.9 trillion stimulus package brought about more optimistic growth projections. Even though a...
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Economic Insights

May 2021

How Does Inflation Effect Me?

Are you saving for retirement? For your children’s education? For any other long-term goal? If so, you’ll want to know about something that can impact your savings: inflation. Inflation is...
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Economic Insights

May 2021

Home-Sweet-Home Equity

Buying a home is a long-term commitment, so it’s not surprising that older Americans are much more likely than younger people to own their homes “free and clear” (see chart)....
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Economic Insights

April 2021

Money Market Funds in a Low Rate Environment

After pushing interest rates gradually upward for three years, the Federal Reserve dropped the benchmark federal funds rate to near zero (0%–0.25%) in March 2020 to help mitigate the economic...