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ECONOMIC FORECAST 2018

by: LAURA HAWLEY guest: Holland Henderson January 17, 2018
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Host
Laura Hawley – CFP®, President at Allen & Company

Co-Host
Holland Henderson – Financial Advisor at Allen & Company

Guests
Tony Villamil – Founder and Principal at The Washington Economics Group, Inc.
Brian Wesbury – Chief Economist at First Trust Advisors, L.P.

In this show, we discuss the difference a year makes and talk over the changes within the US economy in 2017. We’ll take a close look at the US unemployment rate, tax reform, hurricanes, and discuss the 2017 Economic Forecast Breakfast with special guest Brian Wesbury, Chief Economist at First Trust Advisors, L.P. We also welcome special guest Tony Villamil, Founder and Principal at The Washington Economics Group, Inc. to discuss the E-Commerce, Digital Economy, and much more.

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In this episode we cover:

  • Visit with special guest Brian Wesbury, Chief Economist at First Trust Advisors, L.P. to look at the 2017 year in review and discuss the upcoming 2018 Economic Forecast Breakfast (1:19)
  • Economic drivers that people aren’t paying attention to (6:06)
  • Visit with special guest Tony Villamil, Founder and Principal at The Washington Economics Group, Inc. to discuss the US economy, market change, and much more (15:10)
  • The Tax Reform Bill and the impact on the US and Florida Economies (17:06)
  • Economic drivers in the Florida economy and what’s new for 2018 (21:58)
  • The impact Gov. Scott has had on the Florida economy (25:41)
  • The affects and challenges of Hurricane Irma in the state of Florida (28:17)
  • The significance of Sun Pass and E-pass in the state of Florida (33:45)
  • Pullbacks, potential hot spots, and concerns within Florida’s economy (36:46)

Tweetable Topics:

People get emotional about this (stock market) and that’s when they make mistakes. – Brian Wesbury, Chief Economist at First Trust Advisors, L.P.

Technology is actually boosting growth and jobs in the economy. – Brian Wesbury, Chief Economist at First Trust Advisors, L.P.

Lower paying jobs wages are rising a lot faster today than those people in higher paying jobs. – Brian Wesbury, Chief Economist at First Trust Advisors, L.P.

When the US does well, Florida does even better. – Tony Villamil, Founder and Principal at The Washington Economics Group, Inc.

The household new worth (in Florida) is at record levels. – Tony Villamil, Founder and Principal at The Washington Economics Group, Inc.

For an economist, sleeping at night can be difficult. – Tony Villamil, Founder and Principal at The Washington Economics Group Inc.

I would keep an eye on trade policy, that’s one area that worries me. – Tony Villamil, Founder and Principal at The Washington Economics Group, Inc.

Connect with:

Laura Hawley – CFP®, President at Allen & Company
Allen & Company – Laura Hawley

Holland Henderson – Financial Advisor at Allen & Company
Allen & Company – Holland Henderson
LinkedIn – Holland Henderson

Brian Wesbury – Chief Economist at First Trust Advisors, L.P.
First Trust – Brian Wesbury
LinkedIn – Brian Wesbury
Twitter – Brian Wesbury

Tony Villamil – Chief Economist at First Trust Advisors, L.P.
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Twitter – Tony Villamil

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About LAURA HAWLEY

Laura began her lifelong career at Allen & Company as one of the youngest Financial Advisors in Florida more than 30 years ago.

A CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER, Laura joined Allen & Company in 1983 and now serves as Senior Vice President and Chairperson of the Executive Committee. In addition, she was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2001. Laura played a crucial role in establishing the Viera office and served as Branch Manager until 2015. She holds Series 7, 66 and 24 licenses, as well as her Life, Health and Variable Annuities.

Laura’s holistic approach to financial planning, and her passion...