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Ameriprise Financial Declares Regular Quarterly Dividend

MINNEAPOLIS – July 26, 2021 – The Board of Directors of Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE: AMP) has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $1.13 per common share payable on August 20, 2021 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 9, 2021.

Earnings Season is Kicking into High Gear, What’s Next?

The first week of earnings season was dominated by better-than-expected results from the major banks, pushing the second quarter year-over-year anticipated growth rate to 69 percent, according to Factset. There was some weakness in lending, but capital markets activity was generally strong. And, of course, the release of loan loss reserves helped. Nevertheless, the BKX bank ETF fell 2.4 percent, contributing to an overall decline of 1.0 percent in the S&P 500® index. It was the third straight week of declines for the banks, and fifth week in the past six. From its peak on June 1, the BKX is lower by 9.9 percent. The banks were exceeded on the downside last week by energy stocks, which fell almost 8 percent. Consumer discretionary and materials were lower as well. Defensive groups were higher, including utilities, consumer staples, along with real estate.

The Bond Market Flashes Warning Signs

Stocks continue to reach record highs, and credit spreads are at record lows. It would seem that, at least for investors in these two asset categories, the economic, profit, and policy outlook could hardly be more favorable. And yet, in the past two weeks Treasury bond yields have recently fallen sharply, defying expectations, and sending investors in search of an explanation. 

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