De Groote Financial Group October 10, 2016

 The U.S. Created 156,000 Jobs in September, the Unemployment Rate Ticked up to 5.0%… Labor force participation increased slightly, pushing up the number of unemployed. What it means – Two things. First, more Americans came off the sideline and started looking for work. Second, not very exciting. The numbers weren’t high enough to require a […]

De Groote Financial Group September 30, 2016

ICANN or Cant I… Will the US turn over the internet? Will free speech and free markets suffer? What it means – Some of the greatest companies today owe their success to a free internet. Google, Amazon, Yahoo, Microsoft, Apple, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and many more are just a few examples. On October 1st, President […]

De Groote Financial Group September 16, 2016

Bond Yields Shot Higher Across the Globe as Prices Dropped… From the German bund to the U.S. Treasury, yields jumped on long maturity bonds as investors questioned the effectiveness of central bank policy. What it means – What took so long? Just about everyone on the planet not named Paul Krugman or a Central Banker […]

De Groote Financial Group August 26, 2016

New Home Sales Jump 12.4% in July… The move puts new home sales up more than 30% from the same time last year. What it means – Demand for new homes remains solid, as sales are at their highest level since 2007. Still, the current pace is less than half of what it was at […]

De Groote Financial Group August 12, 2016

U.S. Nonfarm Productivity Fell an Annualized 0.5% in the Second Quarter… The drop follows a 0.6% slide in the first quarter. What it means – Analysts expected a 0.5% rise that would counter most of the drop in the first quarter. Obviously, that didn’t happen. Productivity remains a problem. Economists and Fed officials can’t figure […]

De Groote Financial Group August 5, 2016

The U.S. Economy Created 255,000 Jobs in July… Unemployment remains at 4.9%, the third consecutive month it has sat below the 5% level of technical full employment. Markets reacted positively to the news. What it means – This makes two strong payroll prints in a row. And with upward revisions to both the May and June reports, the past three months […]

De Groote Financial Group July 22, 2016

Housing Starts Up 4.8% in June, Reversing Decline in May… Single-family housing starts increased 4.4% and multifamily starts moved up 5.4%. What it means – Home builders will breathe a little easier knowing that housing isn’t sliding backward, but there’s not a lot of forward momentum, either. Housing starts climbed back to 1.189 million units on an annualized basis, which keeps […]

De Groote Financial Group July 15, 2016

Bond and Stock Markets Both Reach Record Highs… The U.S. 10-year Treasury bond yield fell to 1.36%, a record low, while the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average both moved up to record highs. What it means– Both trends make perfect sense, but not from an investing point of view. For bonds, central banks around the world are […]

De Groote Financial Group July 8, 2016

The U.S. Added 287,000 Jobs in June, the Highest Total Since October 2015… The dismal reading of 38,000 jobs last month was actually revised lower to 11,000, while the April total was adjusted a bit higher. The three-month average is 147,000. What it means – As noted last month, part of the ugly numbers for May was the Verizon […]

De Groote Financial Group June 24, 2016

“Watch your thoughts, for they will become actions. Watch your actions, for they’ll become habits. Watch your habits for they will forge your character. Watch your character, for it will make your destiny.” – Margaret Thatcher I am a firm believer that when power is centralized away from the people, the people will speak. Our […]