dshort - Advisor Perspectives
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Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:00:59 -0400

We will be offline for Thursday and Friday this week due to travel and will be publishing the missed updates the following week, after the Memorial Day holiday.

Weekly Gasoline Price Update: WTIC Drops Almost 8%
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 19:30:34 -0400

It's time again for our weekly gasoline update based on data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The price of Regular was up a penny and Premium was down less than a cent, from last week. According to GasBuddy.com, Hawaii has the highest average price for Regular at $3.72 and San Francisco, CA is the most expensive city, averaging $3.79. Mississippi has the cheapest at $2.54. The WTIC end of day spot price closed at 68.06, a 7.8% decrease from this time last week.

World Markets Update
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 16:23:23 -0400

Three of eight indexes on our world watch list have posted gains through Monday, July 16, 2018. The top performer this year is India's BSE SENSEX with a gain of 7.43%. In second is our own S&P 500 with a gain of 4.67%. In third is France's CAC 40 with a gain of 1.82%. Coming in last is Shanghai's SSE with a loss of 14.91%.


The Big Four Economic Indicators: June Real Retail Sales
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 13:00:58 -0400

Note: With the release of June Retail Sales and Consumer Price Index, we've updated this commentary to include the latest Real Retail Sales. Month-over-month nominal sales in June increased by 0.5% (0.49% to two decimals). Real Retail Sales, calculated with the seasonally adjusted Consumer Price Index, increased by 0.36%.

Underlying Inflation Gauge: June Update
Mon, 16 Jul 2018 11:02:00 -0400

Economists at the NY Federal Reserve Bank introduced a new measure of trend inflation in September 2017, the Underlying Inflation Gauge (UIG), meant to complement the current standard measures. Investors and policymakers alike have an interest in the behavior of inflation over longer time periods. The latest full set UIG for June is 3.33% while the prices-only measure is 2.32%. Current Headline CPI is now 2.87% and Core CPI is 2.26%.