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ProBank Austin Advisor

July 2, 2018 - 1 min read

The risks of an expanding trade war is overwhelming the economic fundamentals Investors are paying attention to the economic data but are focused on the looming trade war. Stock prices have been declining and bond prices have been rising as capital flows from stocks into bonds. The imposition of tariffs will result in slower economic…

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ProBank Austin Advisor

June 25, 2018 - 2 min read

The yield curve flattened further last week as the risk of a spreading trade war is driving prices The economic data continues to come in above expectations and well above the level of the first quarter. None of this data is driving financial markets. Investors are more concerned about the escalating trade war that has…

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Quarterly Earnings Guidance: Benefit or Burden?

June 20, 2018 - 6 min read

I’m thinking that coming off the Fed meeting last week, the last thing you need or want is to read the 80th-odd treatise on the recent rate hike, and another analyst pontificating on inflation, unemployment, the shape of the yield curve, etc.  Quite simply, the recent increase to the Fed’s benchmark rate, coupled with Chairman…

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ProBank Austin Advisor

June 18, 2018 - 2 min read

The Fed became more hawkish with last week’s moves. The FOMC did more than just raise managed rates last week. In addition to the 25 basis point increase in the target rate for Fed Funds, they also made significant changes in other areas. They changed theirguidance for future moves from three increases in 2018 to…

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ProBank Austin Advisor

June 11, 2018 - 2 min read

The Fed meets with cross currents of strong data, but trade wars looming in the future. The Fed meets this week with the meeting followed by the press conference with the Chairman. The Fed will also release its latest economic and inflation forecasts. The strong consensus calls for the second managed interest rate increase this…

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ProBank Austin Advisor

June 4, 2018 - 1 min read

Volatility in financial markets from problems in Italy and tariffs masked the strong economic data. The data continues to get better and better. Last week was headlined by the labor market report. Job growth at 223,000 was well above expectations and the monthly average of the first four months of the year. The growth in the labor force has…

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Banking Bill 2155: The House Says “Yes”

May 25, 2018 - 4 min read

Recall a couple of months ago that we opined on passage in the Senate of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, or in shorthand, S.2155. While the opportunity to move forward on some key components of regulatory reform coupled with the sense of a more “supportive tone” toward the banking industry coming from…

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New Online Compliance Training Platform Launched

May 22, 2018 - 2 min read

ProBank Austin, formerly d/b/a Professional Bank Services, Inc., has launch bankED, a new video-based compliance training platform. bankED is an affordable program specifically designed to keep busy financial industry professionals up-to-date on annual regulatory and policy-driven compliance training requirements. Users simply navigate the course module(s) of their choice to select topics, such as Anti-Money Laundering, Consumer…

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