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Economy & markets

Bringing perspective to events that shape the economy and move markets

Economy & markets

Bringing perspective to events that shape the economy and move markets

Vanguard economic and investment outlook

Article

What's ahead in 2014 and beyond? We dissect economic growth, inflation, interest rates, and asset-class returns, and find favorable odds for a pickup in near-term growth for the U.S., Europe, and other select markets for the first time since the financial crisis.

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Economic Week in Review: Rebound from winter continues

Article

As temperatures rise across the United States with the onset of spring, the nation's economic data show green shoots of growth following a harsh winter. Retailers posted strong March numbers, while the Federal Reserve found signs of broadening economic expansion.

Economic data shows growth after a harsh winter. Retailers posted strong March numbers, while the Federal Reserve found signs of broadening economic expansion.

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Key question: What do jobs data really say?

Article

Future Federal Reserve action depends on interpreting unemployment data, a complicated task that depends on what is driving changes in jobless rates. This increases uncertainty about the outlook for interest rates and reinforces the benefits of balanced portfolios.

Vanguard economists examine different ways to explain unemployment data and link those interpretations to expected Federal Reserve action.

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Infograph: Baby boomers and equity returns

Article

It is widely believed that a retirement-induced stock sale by the baby boomer generation could pose a significant headwind to long-term equity market valuations. This infograph outlines 5 key factors for why a baby boomer-led equity bust is unlikely.

An infograph featuring 5 reasons that baby boomers' retirement is unlikely to present a headwind to long-term stock market returns.

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Ukraine: The latest hot spot

Article

While the Ukraine situation adds to concerns about emerging markets and increases investor uncertainty, Vanguard believes events there also serve as a reminder of how diversified portfolios can help clients stay the course and achieve investment goals.

Whether it's troops in the Ukraine or a falling Turkish lira, recent turmoil in emerging markets is no reason to shift an investing course.

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A look at key issues in Washington as midterm elections near

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In this edition of Washington Connection, Ann Combs focuses on legislative and regulatory proposals, including the future of tax incentives for retirement plans.

Vanguard's head of government relations previews the policy agenda in Washington for 2014.

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Creating enduring success with clients

Blog

Why now may be a good time to counsel clients to stay the course.

Why now may be a good time to counsel clients to stay the course.

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Don't forget credit risk--Views on floating-rate bond funds

Article

Investors bracing for higher rates are flocking to floating-rate notes for protection against interest rate risk. Vanguard experts offer a word of caution, outlining key considerations for investing in floaters and insights into the changing landscape of the market.

Vanguard experts offer insights into the changing landscape of floating-rate note bonds and key considerations for investing in them.

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Emerging markets: Is the volatility contagious?

Article

Many emerging markets are in better fiscal shape today than they were in 1997, decreasing the chances that declining competitiveness and falling commodity prices in some of those countries will spread globally, says Vanguard Chief Economist Joe Davis.

Vanguard Chief Economist Joe Davis explains why he thinks problems in emerging market countries are unlikely to create global economic turmoil.

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Series

Economic Week in Review

A brief summary of the week's major economic reports along with a short recap of the securities markets.

Quarterly Economic Analysis

Vanguard's outlook on the events and actions shaping the markets and the economy.

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