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Market Brief: Big Picture Generally Positive Despite Market Selloff
By Washington Trust / December 7, 2018
Uncertainty regarding the trajectories of both U.S. monetary policy and U.S./China trade negotiations continue to weigh on the U.S. and global financial markets. The S&P 500 price level has retreated towards a 52-week low while volatility has advanced towards a 52-week high, and the U.S. Treasury yield curve has moved closer to inversion1, a condition that has often been a predictor of a recession, although those recessions have typically followed the inversion by approximately two years.

A Focus on Building Wealth for Millennials
By AJ Monaco / October 30, 2018
As seen on The Rhode Show - A few tips for millennials on building wealth and avoiding becoming a "lost generation" for wealth accumulation.

Fall 2018: Perspectives and Planning: Economic Outlook
By Matthew S. Blank, CFA® / October 22, 2018
Despite worries over rising interest rates, a more hawkish Federal Reserve, and continuing trade friction, we are hard pressed to find signs of an imminent economic slowdown in the U.S. GDP advanced at a stellar 4.2% pace in the second quarter, the best quarterly gain since 2014. Eliminating a 1% boost to Q2 GDP from a surge in exports to avoid the imposition of Chinese tariffs, the economy seems likely to keep chugging along at a robust 3% clip in the back half of this year. It appears, the 2018 full year growth may even slightly exceed our projected 2.5% - 3.0% range.

5 Ways to Leverage your Social Security Benefits
By Kimberly I. McCarthy, Esq. / October 22, 2018
In October, the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), will be released. Early indications suggest that the cost-of-living adjustment that will take effect for social security recipients at the beginning of 2019 could come in between 2.5%-3.00%. This is the first increase in some years that has not been consumed by Medicare premium hikes. Do you know enough about Social Security to leverage your benefits?

By Washington Trust / October 12, 2018
The S&P 500 Index has dropped nearly 7% from its all-time closing high on September 20th. Washington Trust Wealth Management shares some thoughts on the equity market pullback.

The Importance of Having a Will
By Washington Trust / September 26, 2018
As seen on The Rhode Show - In the last few years, both Prince and Aretha Franklin died without making a will. A will can be a powerful financial planning tool that shouldn't be overlooked by anyone, music royalty or not.

Summer 2018 Perspectives and Planning: Economic Outlook
By Washington Trust / July 18, 2018
Read the summer 2018 update featuring perspectives on the market and economy and planning tips from Washington Trust Wealth Management.

By Washington Trust / July 18, 2018
Washington Trust announces the expansion of its Wealth Management team in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, with Kimberly McCarthy, Esq., Howard Cowan, CFP®, Daniel LeBeau, Eileen Straughn, and Suzanne Vargas, CTFA, joining the Rhode Island offices of Washington Trust Wealth Management and Nicholas Rossi, APMA®, CRPC®, joining the Wellesley, MA office of Washington Trust Wealth Management through Weston Financial Group.

Creating an End-of-Life Plan to Help Avert Family Conflict
By Washington Trust / May 29, 2018
Family conflict after a loved one passes can often be avoided through open communication and preemptive planning to help ensure that everyone is on the same page

Spring 2018 Perspectives and Planning: Economic Outlook
By Washington Trust / April 13, 2018
There are no major changes to our forecast. The U.S. economy remains in solid shape and we maintain our call for real GDP to expand at a 2.5% to 3.0% pace in 2018 with the upper end of this range now looking more likely. Inflation is gradually accelerating and is likely to hit the Federal Reserve target of 2.0% (as measured by core PCE) this year as the Fed now concedes. Hiring continues to be robust and we acknowledge that job creation could exceed our 1.8 million estimate. As such, we expect a rebound in consumer spending after sluggish growth in the first quarter.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and may not reflect those of Washington Trust Wealth Management. The information in this report has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but its accuracy and completeness are not guaranteed. Any opinions expressed herein are subject to change at any time without notice. Any person relying upon this information shall be solely responsible for the consequences of such reliance. Performance is historical and does not guarantee future results.

Such information does not constitute legal or professional advice as all situations are unique and are based on individual facts and circumstances.

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