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Headwinds Remain as the Economy Gains Momentum

Somewhat lost in the focus on what the new administration is likely to do has been the underlying momentum in the economy. Last week provided further evidence that growth remains healthy, headlined by the December jobs report. The economy created 156,000 new jobs, and the prior two-months were revised higher by 19,000. Job growth in 2016 followed something of a saw tooth pattern. In the first quarter, monthly job growth averaged 195,000, but slowed in the second quarter to 146,000. It rebounded in the third to 212,000, before subsequently slowing in the fourth quarter to 165,000.


The Reality of a New Administration Becomes Top of Mind for Investors

In the five weeks immediately following the U.S. presidential election, the S&P 500 rose 6.1 percent, as investors adjusted to the perceived implications of a Trump victory. Financials, industrials, energy and materials stocks were noted beneficiaries. Defensive groups lagged behind. But the rally stalled into year-end. Over the final two weeks, the S&P slipped by 1.5 percent, as the initial sector winners and losers traded places. So, what happened? There were likely several factors at work.


Ameriprise Financial Named “Best Place to Work” For LGBT Equality for 11th Consecutive Year

Minneapolis – (December 5, 2016) – For the 11th year in a row year, Ameriprise Financial (NYSE: AMP) has earned 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking report measuring corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality.

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Keys to a successful financial relationship for couples

Money is a common topic that can cause disagreements between couples. A new Ameriprise study reveals strategies to help you improve your financial relationship with your partner or spouse.