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3Sep

Payroll Friday

This week- Astor CEO, Rob Stein, and CIO, John Eckstein make sense of the Employment Situation Report and it’s implications- the FED in particular. Rob Stein shares his thoughts on the Fed’s actions coming out of Jackson Hole Economic Symposium and answers John’s question, “Is the latest labor market news going to affect the Fed’s…

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20Aug

Astor Weekly Economic Review – Episode 78 – The Long Slow Road to Recovery

Astor Chief Investment Officer John Eckstein and Nick Porter wade into the numbers of the economic rebound and the pace to return to pre-pandemic levels. The road back seems to be a long one, but they explore where encouraging signs can be found. AIM-8/19/21-OP442

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3Aug

Astor Weekly Economic Review – Episode 77 – Boon or Swoon Economy

Astor CIO John Eckstein and Nick Porter eyeball the latest numbers from from labor, housing and industry. Is the economy still booming or did June produce a swoon that will affect the outcomes moving forward? AIM-8/2/21-OP429

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27Jul

Astor Weekly Economic Review – Episode 76 – The Economy in Recovery Mode

This week Astor CIO John Eckstein and Nick Porter translate the latest numbers and how they are impacting the American economy’s comeback  from the COVID-19 pandemic’s setbacks. The real question: Why isn’t the rebound as robust as hoped for or expected? Approved with code AIM-7/26/21-OP417  

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16Jul

Astor Weekly Economic Review – Episode 75

With inflation on the rise, constraints on the labor force and the supply chain are the focus of this week’s podcast episode. Astor CIO John Eckstein and Nick Porter delve deep into the numbers and discuss if these are trends or just a blip on the radar. AIM-7/15/21-OP403    

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7Jul

Astor Weekly Economic Review – Episode 74

Astor Investment Management CEO Rob Stein and CIO John Eckstein delve into the latest payroll and jobs numbers as the U.S. economy continues to pull itself out of the pandemic slowdown. AIM-7/6/21-OP397

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23Jun

Astor Weekly Economic Review—Episode 73

Astor’s CIO John Eckstein and Nick Porter break down the latest on interest rates from The Fed and dive into the retails sales numbers that aren’t nearly what was expected. AIM-6/23/21-OP388

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11Jun

Astor Weekly Economic Review—Episode 72

Astor’s CIO John Eckstein and Nick Porter tackle the latest inflation numbers and what it means for the economy moving forward. AIM-6/11/21-OP384

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4Jun

Astor Weekly Economic Review—Episode 71

CEO & Founder, Rob Stein and CIO, John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward.

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26May

Astor Weekly Economic Review—Episode 70

Astor IM CIO, John Eckstein invites Angie Setzer, Angie Setzer is the Vice President of Grain at Citizens Elevator in Charlotte, MI with 16 years’ experience navigating the grain markets for clients. AIM-5/26/21-OP378

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23May

Astor Weekly Economic Review—Episode 69

Nick Porter and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward.

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7May

Astor Weekly Economic Review—Episode 68

CEO & Founder, Rob Stein and CIO, John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-5/10/21-OP367

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3May

Astor Weekly Economic Review—Episode 67

Nick Porter and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward.

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16Apr

Astor Weekly Economic Review—Episode 66

Nick Porter and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-4/19/21-OP342

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8Apr

Astor Weekly Economic Review—Episode 65

CEO and Founder, Rob Stein and Chief Investment Officer, John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-4/8/21-OP336

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29Mar

Astor Weekly Economic Review—Episode 64

Nick Porter and Bryan Novak discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-3/26/21-OP330

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22Mar

Astor Weekly Economic Review—Episode 63

Nick Porter and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-3/22/20-OP327

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16Mar

Astor Weekly Economic Review—Episode 62

Astor IM CIO, John Eckstein invites Claudia Sahm, Claudia R. Sahm is an American economist. She was formerly director of macroeconomic policy at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, and a Section Chief at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, where she worked in various capacities from 2007-2019. Sahm specializes in macroeconomics…

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8Mar

Astor Weekly Economic Review—Episode 61

CEO & Founder Rob Stein and CIO John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-3/8/21-OP315

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1Mar

Astor Weekly Economic Review—Episode 60

John Eckstein and Bryan Novak discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-3/1/21-OP311

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23Feb

Astor Weekly Economic Review—Episode 59

Nick Porter and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-2/23/21-OP308

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16Feb

Astor Weekly Economic Review—Episode 58

Nick Porter and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-2/16/20-OP303

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8Feb

Astor Weekly Economic Review—Episode 57

CEO & Founder Rob Stein and CIO John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-2/8/20-OP297

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29Jan

Astor Weekly Economic Review—Episode 56

Nick Porter and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-1/29/20-OP286

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25Jan

Astor Weekly Economic Review—Episode 55

Nick Porter and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-1/25/20-OP274

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15Jan

Astor Weekly Economic Review—Episode 54

Astor IM CIO, John Eckstein invites Elizabeth Pancotti, Policy Advisor at Employ America, focusing on unemployment insurance and automatic stabilizers in fiscal policy to take a deep dive into the current Labor Market Statistics.

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11Jan

Astor Weekly Economic Review—Episode 53

Founder & CEO Rob Stein, and Chief Investment Officer, John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-1/11/20-OP258

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4Jan

Astor Weekly Economic Review—Episode 52

Nick Porter and Mac O’Brien discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. Here is the aforementioned blog post: https://blinks.bloomberg.com/news/stories/QM0T86T0G1LJ AIM-1/4/20-OP250

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28Dec

Astor Weekly Economic Review with Rob Stein & John Eckstein—Episode 51

CEO & Founder Rob Stein, CIO John Eckstein, and Senior Managing Director Mac O’Brien discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-12/28/20-OP250

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21Dec

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 50

Nick Porter and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-12/21/20-OP249

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14Dec

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 49

Nick Porter and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. As mentioned, here is the Ante blog post on money velocity https://moneyinsideout.exantedata.com/p/money-velocity-in-the-united-states AIM-12/14/20-OP246

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8Dec

Astor Weekly Economic Review with Rob Stein & John Eckstein—Episode 48

Founder & CEO Rob Stein, and Chief Investment Officer, John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-12/8/20-OP238

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30Nov

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 47

As always, on this week’s podcast we are joined by CIO John Eckstein, and a special guest – John’s daughter Eliza. Tune into hear their feedback on this week’s economic update! AIM-11/30/20-OP236

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23Nov

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 46

Mac O’Brien and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-11/23/20-OP231

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16Nov

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 45

Mac O’Brien and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-11/16/20-OP223

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10Nov

Astor Weekly Economic Review with Rob Stein & John Eckstein—Episode 44

Founder & CEO Rob Stein, and Chief Investment Officer, John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-11/9/20-OP216

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30Oct

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 43

Mac O’Brien and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-10/23/20-OP201

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25Oct

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 42

Mac O’Brien and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-10/23/20-OP201

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16Oct

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 41

Mac O’Brien and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-10/16/20-OP186

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9Oct

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 40

Mac O’Brien and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-10/9/20-OP176

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4Oct

Astor Weekly Economic Review with Rob Stein & John Eckstein—Episode 40

Founder & CEO Rob Stein, and Chief Investment Officer, John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-10/2/20-OP168

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25Sep

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 39

Mac O’Brien and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-9/25/20-OP164

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19Sep

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 38

Mac O’Brien and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-9/18/20-OP160

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14Sep

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 37

Chief Investment Officer, John Eckstein and special guest, Tim Duy discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-9/14/20-OP154

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4Sep

Astor Weekly Economic Review with Rob Stein & John Eckstein—Episode 36

Founder & CEO Rob Stein, and Chief Investment Officer, John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-9/4/20-OP146

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28Aug

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 35

Mac O’Brien and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-8/28/20-OP132

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21Aug

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 34

Mac O’Brien and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-8/21/20-OP129

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14Aug

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 33

Mac O’Brien and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-8/14/20-OP126

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9Aug

Astor Weekly Economic Review with Rob Stein & John Eckstein—Episode 32

Founder & CEO Rob Stein, and Chief Investment Officer, John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward.

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31Jul

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 31

Mac O’Brien and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-7/31/20-OP115

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28Jul

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 30

Mac O’Brien and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-7/28/20-OP105

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17Jul

Astor Weekly Economic Review with Rob Stein & John Eckstein—Episode 29

Founder & CEO Rob Stein, Chief Investment Officer, John Eckstein and Senior Managing Director, Mac O’Brien discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-7/17/20-OP93

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10Jul

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 28

Mac O’Brien and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-7/10/20-OP86

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6Jul

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 27

Mac O’Brien and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward.

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26Jun

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 26

Brandon Balazi and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-6/26/20-OP73

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19Jun

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 25

Mac O’Brien and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-6/19/2020-OP72

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12Jun

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 24

Mac O’Brien and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-6/12/20-OP171

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5Jun

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 23

Mac O’Brien and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. AIM-6/5/20-OP159

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30May

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 22

Mac O’Brien and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. 2020-249

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22May

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 21

Mac O’Brien and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. 2020-247

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15May

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 20

Mac O’Brien and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. 2020-238

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8May

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 19

Mac O’Brien and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward.   2020-236

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1May

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 18

Mac O’Brien and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward.

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24Apr

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 17

Mac O’Brien and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward.

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17Apr

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 16

Mac O’Brien and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. 1:45: Headwinds and tailwinds in economic data 2:50: Jobless Claims, Unemployment and Underemployment 7:30: Retail Sales 9:55: Industrial Production 13:00: Housing Starts 17:00 Best and Worst aspects of economic data

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10Apr

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 15

Mac O’Brien and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward.

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9Apr

Rob Stein discusses Astor Economic Index and recent Fed Stimulus Plans—Episode 14

Mac O’Brien and CEO, Rob Stein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market, and potential scenarios moving forward.

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3Apr

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 13

Mac O’Brien and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward. Effect of Jobless Claims on economic health (1:03) Mac & John talk Unemployment Picture (4:13) “Economic Hangover” – Real Impact of COVID-19 over the remaining fiscal year (6:00) Next Week’s Discussion 4/10: PMI, Jobless Claims, Consumer Sentiment…

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27Mar

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 12

Mac O’Brien and John Eckstein discuss COVID-19 impact on the U.S. labor market and potential scenarios moving forward.

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20Mar

Astor Weekly Economic Review with John Eckstein—Episode 11

Chief Investment Officer, John Eckstein, and Senior Managing Director, Mac O’Brien address the global impacts of COVID-19 on the economy.

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20Mar

Weekly Economic Review—Episode 10

Astor’s Senior Managing Director, Mac O’Brien, discusses his outlook on the U.S. economy for the week of March 16th. Tune in every week for the inside scoop!

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13Mar

Weekly Economic Review—Episode 9

Astor’s Senior Managing Director, Mac O’Brien, discusses his outlook on the U.S. economy for the week of March 9th. Tune in every week for the inside scoop!

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11Mar

Discussion on Recent Volatility—Episode 8

Founder and CEO, Rob Stein and Senior Managing Director, Mac O’Brien discuss the current market environment.

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6Mar

Weekly Economic Review—Episode 7

Astor’s Senior Managing Director, Mac O’Brien, discusses his outlook on the U.S. economy for the week of March 2nd. Tune in every week for the inside scoop!

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4Mar

Comments on Coronavirus and Economic Impact—Episode 6

Founder and CEO Rob Stein discusses the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The novel virus continues to shake the financial markets, with major stock indices dropping into correction territory.

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4Mar

Astor’s 2020 Outlook—Episode 5

Founder and CEO, Rob Stein, looks back at 2019 in the markets, as well as what could be in store for 2020.

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28Feb

Weekly Economic Outlook—Episode 4

Astor’s Senior Managing Director, Mac O’Brien, discusses his outlook on the U.S. economy for the week of February 24th. Tune in every week for the inside scoop!

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21Feb

Weekly Economic Outlook—Episode 3

Astor’s Senior Managing Director, Mac O’Brien, discusses his outlook on the U.S. economy for the week of February 17th. Tune in every week for the inside scoop!

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14Feb

Weekly Economic Outlook—Episode 2

Astor’s Senior Managing Director, Mac O’Brien, discusses his outlook on the U.S. economy for the week of February 10th. Tune in every week for the inside scoop!

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7Feb

Weekly Economic Outlook—Episode 1

Astor’s Senior Managing Director, Mac O’Brien, discusses his outlook on the U.S. economy for the week of February 3rd. Tune in every week for the inside scoop!

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