Economic News – December 2022

(Printable PDF) This Too Won’t Last Has the inflation worm turned? It’s still early, but the signs are encouraging as an expanding list of price measures are pointing to slower increases. Whether this favorable trend continues is an open question. Many factors underpinned the astonishing inflation cycle of the past two years and many don’t […]

Economic News – November 2022

(Printable PDF) Slamming On the Brakes: Is a Crash Ahead? Alarms warning of a recession ring louder with each rate hike by the Federal Reserve. So far this year, there’s been plenty – five since March and still counting. Following the last three jumbo-sized 0.75 percentage point increases, the Fed’s benchmark short-term rate now stands […]

Economic News – October 2022

(Printable PDF) Recession Watch Enough is enough! The economy has demonstrated an astonishing amount of resiliency against the headwinds thrown at it over the past two years – Covid-19, both short and long, surging energy prices, spiraling interest rates, supply shortages, and, not least, stubbornly high inflation. Through it all, the job market has remained […]

Economic News – September 2022

(Printable PDF) Confusing Times As summer draws to a close, the debate over whether the economy is overheated or rapidly cooling remains unanswered. According to the broadest measure of activity conditions look downright recessionary, as GDP contracted for the second consecutive quarter in the April-June period, satisfying the common yardstick of a recession. But the […]

Economic News – August 2022

(Printable PDF) Don’t Rule Out A Soft Landing In real estate, they say location is everything. In economics, timing is paramount. With prices rising at a pace not seen since the early 1980s, the Federal Reserve admittedly waited too long to start putting on the brakes, believing that the initial stage of the inflationary upsurge […]

Economic News – July 2022

(Printable PDF) For The Fed, Failure To Curb Inflation Is Not An Option Last year the main debate among economists was whether the inflation upsurge that suddenly gripped the nation was transitory or lasting. Most, including policymakers at the Federal Reserve, blamed transient forces related to the pandemic, which they believed would fade as health […]

Economic News – June 2022

(Printable PDF) Fading But Still Sturdy Profits Should Sustain Growth Although the coronavirus recession ended two years ago and the U.S. economy embarked on a remarkably strong recovery, many commentators are sounding alarms that a recession is just around the corner. While we are not in that camp – yet – it would be foolhardy […]

Economic News – May 2022

(Printable PDF) When Will Inflation Peak? It’s been a rough ride for investors as red ink has spilled profusely so far this year. The losses have been particularly acute in the bond market, which, ironically is usually the refuge for investors seeking safety and stability when conditions get dicey. Not so much this time. In […]

Economic News – April 2022

(Printable PDF) Here Come The Rate Hikes The Russian invasion of Ukraine is primarily a human tragedy, but the global economic costs can’t be ignored – and they are piling up. It’s unclear how long the war will go on; the longer it persists, the greater the toll on world economies. As it is, the […]

Elder Fraud Podcast

Leslie Joannides-Burgos and Boston Age Strong Commission’s Age Friendly Director Andrea Burns discuss Brookline Bank’s Age Friendly Training and Elder Financial Fraud in an interview hosted by Seven Letter’s Ann Murphy.    OA On Air · EXTRA: Brookline Bank’s Executive Vice President Leslie Joannides-Burgos; AFB Director Andrea Burns   Podcast Transcript: Ann Murphy: Leslie […]

Economic News – March 2022

(Printable PDF) Tumultuous Start To The Year With barely two months in the books, it is hard to remember another year that opened with as much drama as 2022. The swirl of events included the surge and rapid descent of the Omicron variant, spiraling inflation, heart-throbbing geopolitical tensions with Russia, a hawkish pivot by the […]