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Clarksville Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of January 26th, 2014

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – With a thin economic calendar, U.S. investors typically focus on other things. Sometimes, that’s earnings reports (which have been generally good). Other times, it’s overseas developments.

While the economic situation seems to be improving in the United Kingdom and in Europe, the rest of the world is looking a bit shakier. There have been a number of concerns about individual countries in recent weeks (China, Turkey, Argentina, and so on), but these concerns appear to have now gelled into anxieties about emerging economies in general, which has weighed against U.S. stock market sentiment.

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Clarksville Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of January 19th, 2014

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – There were few surprises in the economic data reports. Retail sales, industrial production, and the Consumer Price Index were all relatively close to expectations. Retail sales slowed in December, reflecting a pullback in unit auto sales, up moderately otherwise (weakness in department store sales were offset by stronger e-tail activity).

Industrial production rose 0.3%, held back by a drop in the output of utilities, but factory output accelerated in 4Q13, following a soft trend in the first three quarters of 2013 (consistent with improving trends in factory payrolls and new orders). Residential construction figures disappointed, but it’s hard to get too worked up about December data (which can be exaggerated due to the weather and seasonal adjustment).

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Clarksville Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of January 13th, 2014

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The December Employment Report was a mixed bag. Nonfarm payrolls rose a disappointing 74,000 (median forecast: +195,000, although market participants were anticipating an upside surprise following a stronger-than-expected ADP estimate).

The November payroll figure was revised to +241,000 (from +203,000). Manufacturing rose by 9,000. Construction fell by 16,000, with weakness concentrated in nonresidential and in heavy construction and civil engineering (residential rose 6,200).

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Clarksville Weekly Market Snapshot from Frazier Allen for the week of January 5th, 2014

 

F&M Investment Services - Raymond James - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The economic data reports of recent weeks contained a few surprises. Consumer spending growth in 3Q13 was stronger than previously estimated, while monthly figures showed acceleration in spending growth in the first two months of 4Q13 (although this is somewhat inconsistent with the pace of income growth).

Right now, inflation-adjusted consumer spending (70% of Gross Domestic Product) appears to be on track for about a 4% annual rate in 4Q13 – impressive, although the current figures may be revised. Durable goods orders rose more than expected in November, with the details suggesting that capital spending plans were delayed due to the government shutdown.

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Clarksville’s Riverfest Festival continues Today

 

2012 Riverfest - 25thClarksville, TN – The 2012 Riverfest Festival continues Saturday. The free festival held on the banks of the Cumberland River at McGregor Park celebrates Clarksville’s river heritage.

Come out and join the City of Clarksville, Budweiser, and Agero as they celebrate the 25th annual Riverfest Celebration, September 7th and 8th, 2012. This Free, two day music and arts festival features four stages of a variety of local, regional and nationally-known entertainers, delicious food, and fun for the entire family. «Read the rest of this article»

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Riverfest kicks off this afternoon and continues Saturday

 

2012 Riverfest - 25thClarksville, TN – The 2012 Riverfest Festival kicks off this afternoon. The free festival held on the banks of the Cumberland River at McGregor Park celebrates Clarksville’s river heritage.

Come out and join the City of Clarksville, Budweiser, and Agero as they celebrate the 25th annual Riverfest Celebration, September 7th and 8th, 2012. This Free, two day music and arts festival features four stages of a variety of local, regional and nationally-known entertainers, delicious food, and fun for the entire family. «Read the rest of this article»

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The Educational System – “Changing the Paradigm”

 

Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures, and CommerceThe Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce is an organization that “seeks to develop and promote new ways of thinking about human fulfillment and social progress.”  From viewing their website and youtube channel, they remind me of the TED organization – Technology, Entertainment and Design.

A friend, who works in the higher education field, sent me a link to a RSA youtube video, in which Sir Ken Robinson give a speech about how the current educational system is outdated and how that is effecting our economy.  Sir Robinson makes some very enlightened observations about why our educational system is in need of being overhauled.  The animation provided is very well designed and creative.

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Natalie Merchant sings old poems to life

 

Natalie Merchant’s career spans three decades — as the leader of 10,000 Maniacs and in her own solo work — of making warmly personal music. In this TED talk program Natalie Merchant sings from her new album, Leave Your Sleep which combines lyrics from near-forgotten 19th-century poetry with her unmistakable voice for a performance that brought the TED audience to its feet.

In the 1980s, Natalie Merchant led the great folk-rock band 10,000 Maniacs. She went solo in the ’90s, and to maintain creative control over her music, she self-funded her debut album, Tigerlily, which had chart-toppers like “Jealousy,” “Carnival” and “Wonder.” She recorded her sophomore album, Ophelia, at her home studio; the album went platinum, and she headlined at Lilith Fair and joined the American Folk Music Tour before releasing Motherland, which paired her rich voice with more strings. «Read the rest of this article»

 



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