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Understanding What the Markets Are Telling Us

No financial firm of integrity will tell you to try to predict the markets from day to day, or make a big shift in your investments based on headlines. But that doesn’t mean that you should ignore market news. Each piece of information is a part of a puzzle, and when you know what to watch and how the pieces fit together, you can start to get a picture of what the economy is saying.

Of course, even the best reading of the data just offers insight into what is more or less probable, not an actual prediction. But in general, here are things to watch and why:

Unraveling indicators is as much art as science, but the key is to look at the aggregate, not just one statistic. Alerus has a team of investment experts watching the markets, and more importantly, thinking about what they really mean for the individuals and businesses we serve.