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Wage Growth Steps Up

Commentary from Brain Wesbury, Chief Economist at First Trust. Friday's jobs report finally included what appears to be evidence of the long-awaited acceleration ...
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US Stops Subsidizing Global Growth

By Brian Wesbury, Chief Economist of First Trust ...
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Financial planning explained

Here’s some good news: you can positively affect your level of economic success by planning for your future instead of “winging” it. Without ...
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The Kevlar Economy

Brian Wesbury, Chief Economist for First Trust coined the phrase "Plowhorse Economy" to describe the sluggish economy from 2008 to 2016. He's now ...
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6 Charitable Tax Moves to Consider Before Year-End

The recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is the most extensive and far-reaching change to the tax code in more than thirty ...
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Two Great Ways to Give to Charity That Can Help Save on Taxes

With year-end tax planning looming in the next few months, we are bringing you two ideas for donating to charity that could save ...
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Profits Surge at Big U.S. Firms

The Wall Street Journal reports that "America’s biggest companies are reporting some of the strongest earnings growth since the recession, boosted by lowered ...
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Annuity Q&A

A Reader Asks: “Should I use annuities as a temporary investment?” ...
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The Economic Surge

Brian S. Wesbury, Chief Economist at First Trust commenting on economic growth. Paul Krugman, Larry Summers and Bob Gordon have some 'splainin to ...
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The Market Significance of U.S.-Russia Ties

The press and members of both parties have attacked President Trump for his words during the press conference at the summit with Putin ...
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Too Many Choices Lead Investors Astray

Ordering Off a Menu with 25,000 Options When you sit down in a restaurant and the waitress offers you a menu with a ...
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The Risks of Do-It-Yourself Retirement Plans

Do-It-Yourself Retirement Planning? A report recently published by the Federal Reserve Bank on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households, discusses what people have ...
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Job Market: From Strength to Strength

First Trust Chief Economist Brian S. Wesbury on the job report: The U.S. labor market is going from strength to strength. Like with ...
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Thoughts on the “Trade War” and why I’m not worried.

The press has been busy warning about the devastation that is coming if there’s a trade war. References to Smoot-Hawley and the Great ...
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Dow Jones Drops General Electric (GE) from the “Blue Chip” DJIA

The Wall Street Journal announced that GE will be replaced by Walgreens in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA). GE was the only ...
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Financial Questions Millennials Ask: “What is the best way to save for the future outside of a work retirement plan?”

A young professional asks: “I am 27 years old and have finally worked myself into a well-paying job. I want to make the ...
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Financing the Federal Debt

Concern about the growth of the U.S. government’s debt is a perennial issue.  An essay by Brian Wesbury of First Trust Investors provides ...
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4 Keys to Financial Peace

Financial peace arrives when you no longer have to worry about your income being sufficient to cover your expenses.  It’s a great feeling ...
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How Will the Financial Markets be Affected by Pulling Out of the Iran Nuclear Deal?

Trump Follows Through - Now What? President Trump fulfilled another campaign promise by withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal,  officially titled the "Joint ...
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Why You Shouldn’t Compare Stocks to GDP

Finding Clarity in a Murky Field Economics, "the dismal science", is hard for most people.  It’s even hard for economists who rarely agree ...
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Treasury Note Yield at 3% and Why It Doesn’t Matter

Negative Reactions The stock market reacted negatively when the yield on the 10-year U.S. Government bond reached 3%. There was a major one-day ...
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Scary Headlines and Bad Advice

When Crying Wolf is Profitable I was listening to the car radio the other day and hear an ad by someone who was ...
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Identity Thieves Now Targeting Social Security Benefits

Who Might Have My Number? I wanted to pass the following story along as a warning to people who are approaching Social Security ...
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How Interest Rates are Determined

From our favorite economist - Brian Wesbury: An entire generation of investors has been misled about interest rates: where they come from, what ...
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2017 Top 40 Under 40 Honoree: Stephen Korving

At work: President of Korving & Company, a financial planning and investment management firm focused on helping families plan for a secure retirement ...
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