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Economy Showing signs of improved growth.  The end of the month marked the halfway point of 2015. A sluggish first quarter transitioned into a more upbeat economic environment as recent positive economic reports have added some stability and provided some optimism for the second half of the year. Updates on labor market conditions, consumer sentiment, real estate conditions, and manufacturing were generally positive across the board. Despite the better domestic economic environment, markets may continue to fret over higher interest rates and global geopolitical issues.

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