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Fed Hikes Rates in December, More Coming?

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What happened and what it means for business On December 14, 2016, the US Federal Reserve met and decided to raise interest rates 25 basis points. The target overnight Fed Funds rate was raised from 0.25%-0.50%

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Trump! Impact on banking

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President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are just starting to shape governmental policy as it relates to the financial services sector. There’s little doubt that Trump’s election portends major changes from the Obama administration.

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The 2016 Election: Congress

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While there has been tremendous interest in the race for the US president, there are also other important elections being held for various seats in the US Congress.  Every two years, all 435 members of

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Fed Decides, Market Reacts

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What happened and what does it mean for business? The Fed met and decided to leave interest rates unchanged at +0.25-0.50%.  The Fed indicated strongly they would consider raising interest rates in the near term should

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Comparing the new Trump and Clinton tax and economic plans

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The U.S. 2016 presidential campaign moves from the convention floor to the next campaigning stage as both candidates update their strategies for how to increase economic growth.  With U.S. GDP at 1.2% for Q2 2016

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Illinois Budget Agreement: a first step down a long road?

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As the final days of the Illinois general assembly came to a close, state representatives resolved to fund state programs through the end of the calendar year.  The budget will allow Illinois schools to open

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Illinois Budget Update

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Since June 2015, the state of Illinois has operated without a budget.  Illinois is the lowest rated state in the nation and its bonds pay +2.5% interest rate points above the average AAA rated municipal

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3 Key Issues for the International Economy

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At the March 16 Federal Reserve meeting, the central bank left interest rates and monetary policy unchanged.  Given the dramatic drop in the global stock and commodity markets over the last quarter, this came as

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Comparing the Sanders and Clinton platforms on taxes and trade

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The race to the Democratic 2016 presidential nomination continues to grow more interesting with each passing primary, Wisconsin providing the latest intrigue.  While once considered a “fringe” candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders has now reeled off