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U.S. Economy Picks up the Pace

We're bumping up our 2015 GDP forecast, but demographics will continue to weigh in the longer term.

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Despite a happy ending on Friday, markets had another tough week, with stocks down around the world. Emerging markets were again hit hard, down over 4% as a poor purchasing managers' report from China panicked already frightened investors. Europe did just a little better, down over 3%, and the U.S. did best of all, down just under 2%. Bond yields on the 10-year U.S. Treasury were up ever so slightly from 2.13% to 2.17% as the bond market digested stronger U.S. economic data. Commodities also moved modestly higher.

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