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Diving into 1Q24 Earnings Season

S&P 500 earnings for 1Q24 just recently kicked off with reports from the major financial firms. In this weekly, we wanted to provide an overview of what investors could expect over the next few (busy) weeks for earnings

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Central Bank Wrap Up (Weekly Insights 3/25/2024)

Last week, central banks responsible for setting policy on six of the ten most-traded currencies met to decide the path forward for nearly half of the global economy.1 The Bank of Japan announced the end to the world’s last negative interest rate regime. The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged as the Committee continues to see an economy that is “performing well.” The Bank of England kept interest rates unchanged but hinted rate cuts could be on the horizon amid inflation falling faster than expected. This week, we review the busy week for monetary policy decisions and what it means for markets going forward.

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Biden's 2025 Budget Proposal (Weekly Insights 3/18/2024)

Last week, President Biden released his $7.3 trillion budget proposal for the fiscal year 2025 which outlined his spending and revenue plans. President Biden aims to reduce the deficit by $3 trillion over the next 10 years and increase spending on programs to assist lower income earners cope with inflation. The budget outlines plans to increase the corporate income tax rate to 28% (from 21%) and establishes a 25% income tax rate for those with wealth of at least $100 million. It is important to understand the process to finalize a government budget of this magnitude, as we are likely months away from seeing any concrete decisions made. In this weekly, we aim to outline the budget process and provide an overview of President Biden’s spending plans (as is) and their potential implications for the economy.

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