Eckhoff Accounting News & Resources
THE ECONOMY EXPANDED 2.6% IN Q4
The Department of Commerce’s first estimate of fourth-quarter gross domestic product was 0.6% below the Q3 number, but still well above the 2.1% rate the nation has averaged in the recovery from the Great Recession.
CONSUMER SENTIMENT READING COOLS
The initial January University of Michigan consumer sentiment index came in at 94.4 last week, 1.5 points beneath its final reading of 2017 and 4.1 points under its level of one year ago. Without prompting, 34% of respondents to the latest UMich survey brought up the subject of the recent federal tax reforms; 70% of them felt the reforms would have a positive effect on their lives; 18%, a negative effect.1
WINTER WEAKENS HOUSING STARTS
New Census Bureau data shows groundbreaking decreased 8.2% in December after a (revised) 3.0% November gain.
RETAIL SALES ROSE IN DECEMBER
Consumers spent freely during the holidays: the latest Census Bureau report shows a nice advance for retail purchases. They improved 0.4% last month, with core retail sales up by the same amount. 1
PRODUCER PRICES UNEXPECTEDLY RETREAT
In December, wholesale inflation declined for the first time in 18 months.
An article published by North Bay Perspective, Bruce Frankel, Managing Partner of Eckhoff Wealth Management speaks of avoiding the top wealth predators of the affluent.
LOW UNEMPLOYMENT, BUT LESS HIRING
The Department of Labor’s latest jobs report announced a headline unemployment rate of only 4.1% in December, but it also showed companies adding just 148,000 net new workers last month. Even so, net payroll growth averaged 204,000 during the last three months.