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Stocks at Record Highs - Busy Week Ahead

Stocks continued to set new highs last week. Each of the major U.S. indices closed at new records, as fourth quarter corporate earnings growth continued to climb, and President Trump said the outline of a new tax plan would be coming in a few weeks.

How’s the U.S. Economy Really Doing?

The U.S. economy showed evidence of improvement last week, despite the fourth quarter slowdown. Job creation in January easily exceeded expectations as the economy generated 227,000 new non-farm jobs. It was the strongest gain since September, beating the consensus forecast of 180,000 and far outpacing the fourth quarter monthly average of 148,000. The unemployment rate rose to 4.8 percent as more potential workers joined the labor force. The participation rate climbed to 62.9 percent, equaling its September level, although it remains well below its 66.1 percent average in the five years prior to the financial crisis. Some of that difference is attributable to discouraged workers, some is attributable to lack of employable skills, and some is due to changing demographics as baby boomers retire.

Ameriprise Financial Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend

MINNEAPOLIS – February 1, 2017 – The Board of Directors of Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE: AMP) has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.75 per common share payable on February 28, 2017 to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 13, 2017.

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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.