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Market Views - Economic Outlook 2017

Outlook 2017

Economy

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth over the last ten years has been among the lowest in our nation’s history. However, recent upsurges in consumer and business expectations could prove beneficial.

While hope is rising, concerns remain on when and what will get done in Washington. Campaign promises have included lowering corporate tax rates and eliminating two federal regulations for every new one passed. Proposed infrastructure spending is for $1 trillion over the next ten years. Too often campaign promises are delayed, watered down or abandoned.

Among the challenges for the economy are the ending of the lax monetary policy era. Further, rising inflation could eventually prove problematic. While unlikely, a trade war would put pressure on U.S. and worldwide GDP growth. Overall, we believe economic activity should improve over 2016.

Positives Negatives
Positive Rising spending on big ticket items Negative More active Federal Reserve
Positive Potential for lower taxes and regulations Negative Stronger dollar
Positive Upsurge in consumer expectations Negative Uncertain tax and spending policies
Positive Recession tripwires are benign
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