Moderate Growth for Q2
Jul. 24, 2017 - First Trust -
Since the start of the economic recovery in mid-2009, real GDP has grown at an average annual rate of 2.1%. The second quarter of this year doesn’t look much different. Our calculations suggest real GDP grew at a 2.5% annual rate in Q2, exactly the same as the consensus forecast.
S&P 500 Index Companies Continue To Reward Shareholders
Jul. 22, 2017 - First Trust -
View from the Observation Deck
1. Today's blog post shows the surge in the amount of capital that S&P 500 Index companies have committed to stock dividends and stock buybacks since the quarter (Q1'09) in which the index bottomed in the last bear market.
2. As indicated in the chart, using first quarter data points,the S&P 500 Index increased its combined outlays (dividends + buybacks) from $83 billion in Q1'09 to $234 billion in Q1'17 (preliminary), or an increase of 181.93%.