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Quarterly Update: October 2017

posted 10/18/2017

"Last month, after 19 years in operation and running dangerously low on fuel, the Cassini spacecraft executed its final assignment: a death plunge deep into Saturn’s atmosphere where it was crushed and vaporized. At the time of its launch, Cassini’s mission was unprecedented in its ambitions but also in its risks, among them a treacherous pass through the asteroid belt. Yet the expertly designed probe proved a model of reliability over its nearly two decades of service, allowing scientists to extend its mission a total of three times.

In some ways, investors too began a journey into the unknown after the great financial crisis in 2007-2008. And if only we were so fortunate as NASA engineers in applying a rigorous set of scientific principles to timing the economic cycle, we would all be very wealthy indeed. But, alas, the journey of each economic expansion has unique characteristics and unpredictable timetables that are resistant to precise forecasting."

Read more in the October 2017 Quarterly Update.

In this issue:

>    Productivity, Growth, and U.S. GDP
>    American Households in Best Financial Shape in Decades

>    Dividend Equities Continuing to Accrue Value
>    Interest Rates Poised to Rise Further, but Sharp Increase Unlikely


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