Banking & Financial Services

In a Nutshell: Washington’s Insane Spending Spree

Federal Fiscal Year 2021 ended September 30th with our government facing many challenges.  For starters our country may default on its debt within weeks if the “debt ceiling” isn’t lifted.  While progressive politicians worry over sea levels rising an inch… more

July 2021 Digital Edition

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Town Center Plaza Majority Owner Files Chapter 11

The Ohio-based majority owner of Town Center Plaza and Town Center Crossing mall properties has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Washington Prime Group, a real estate investment trust that owns about 100 malls nationwide, is in forbearance on a $23.2… more

In a Nutshell: Here We Go Again!

The Delta variant’s rapid rise in new cases and hospitalizations is stoking concerns about ever getting back to normal.  How is this new surge in cases possible, considering that so many people have been vaccinated?  Over 70% of US adults… more

In a Nutshell: Are We Seeing The First Signs Of A Slowing Economy?

GDP rose 6.5% in the still recovering second quarter, below the 8.4% consensus, but above its pre-pandemic peak in Q4 2019.  Notably, declining inventories shaved 1.13 percentage points off GDP growth. This was not as much as the 2.62 inventory… more

In a Nutshell: Inflation Is Getting Real

Inflation is making headlines all over the country, but the mainstream media is not being honest about the true severity of the crisis. We are being told that the official rate of inflation is still in single digits, but what we aren’t… more

In a Nutshell: Just Too Much Cash?

A prolonged drop in U.S. Treasury yields is catching bond and fixed income traders as well as most investors by surprise. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield dropped below 1.3% on July 7th and fell further overnight to 1.25% (despite real… more

In a Nutshell: Strong Jobs Report Despite Trouble Finding Workers

On July 2nd The Street received the jobs data for the month of June, and those numbers did not disappoint. The Labor Department announced that job growth accelerated in June (to 850,000); however, the unemployment rate was unchanged as uncounted… more

In a Nutshell: A Very Tight & Expensive Housing Environment

Housing statistics confirm that houses available to purchase are extremely limited, so the volume of sales continues declining.  While rapidly rising prices of lumber and other components may have impacted the reduced number of housing starts, there appears to be… more

DED Awards $15.8 Million to Missouri Development Projects

The Missouri Department of Economic Development it will be spreading $15.8 million across 38 different community development projects across the state. The focus is to improve infrastructure such as damaged streets and drainage improvements, but the projects vary across the… more