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Trump-era Estate Planning Focus of Seminar Ahead of Lyric Opera’s Carmen

- Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - William Blair hosted an estate planning seminar on February 8 and a dress rehearsal of Bizet's Carmen at the Chicago Lyric Opera.

Weekly Market Update

- Monday, February 13, 2017 - The role of manufacturing relative to the total U.S. economy continued its decline in 2016. The U.S. economy reported a $502 billion trade deficit, the largest deficit since 2012 and the 41st consecutive since 1975. In stark contrast, the U.S. services sector reported a $247 billion trade surplus over the same period.

William Blair Celebrates New Atlanta Office Space

- Friday, February 10, 2017 - William Blair celebrated the opening of its expanded office in Atlanta with clients on February 9. The new office, located in Atlanta’s Peachtree financial district, serves the firm’s private wealth management business in the Southeast.

Weekly Market Update

- Monday, February 6, 2017 - January nonfarm payroll rose by 227,000 new jobs, well ahead of 171,000 expected. Although this marked the strongest gain in NFP since last September, including a labor-force participation rate increase of 0.02% to 62.9%, labor market slack remains evident, with the unemployment rate (U-3) rising to 4.8% from 4.7% and the underemployment rate (U-6) rising to 9.4% from 9.2%.

Employment Situation

- Friday, February 3, 2017 - The U6 unemployment rate (an expanded measure of unemployment that takes into account marginally attached and part-time workers) was higher at 9.4% in January.

Economics Weekly: Productivity – Time for Some Optimism

- Friday, February 3, 2017 - in this week’s Economics Weekly, we suggest one reason things might be starting to look up from here for productivity—demographics.

Productivity and Costs

- Thursday, February 2, 2017 - The fourth quarter’s total nonfarm productivity came in a little better than the expected rate at 1.3% (an increase of just 1.0% was anticipated). Meanwhile, unit labour costs in the quarter rose by 1.7%, which was below the anticipated 1.9% reading.

UniRush LLC Has Agreed to be Acquired by Green Dot

- Thursday, February 2, 2017 - William Blair acted as the exclusive financial advisor to UniRush LLC, a leading pre-paid card provider to unbanked and underbanked customers in the U.S., in connection with its pending sale to Green Dot Corporation from leading financial sponsors and founders. The transaction was announced on January 30, 2017 and is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval.

CMC Biologics Has Been Acquired by Asahi Glass

- Thursday, February 2, 2017 - William Blair acted as the exclusive financial advisor to CMC Biologics, a portfolio company of Monitor Clipper Partners and European Equity Partners, in connection with its sale to Asahi Glass. William Blair advised on the transaction in conjunction with its Asian affiliate, BDA Partners. This transaction was signed on December 15, 2016, and closed on February 1, 2017.

Consolidation in Cloud Services Accelerates as Ecosystems Grow and Mature

- Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - Strategic and financial acquirers have been aggressively pursuing service providers focused on salesforce.com, Workday, ServiceNow, Amazon Web Services, and other leading cloud-based platforms. We examine the trends driving activity and valuations in cloud services M&A.

Global Eagle Entertainment and ViaSat: Initiation of Research Coverage

- Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - William Blair & Company initiated research coverage of Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (ENT $6.46) and ViaSat (VSAT $63.99), two players in the satellite communications ecosystem.

Consumer Confidence

- Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - Consumer confidence slipped back in January to 111.8, following an exceptionally strong surge in December to 113.3.

Employment Cost Index

- Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - The Employment Cost Index (ECI) was slightly lower than expectations and increased by 0.5% in the fourth quarter, the lowest increase since the fourth quarter 2015. The ECI is now 2.2% higher than a year ago.

Weekly Market Update

- Monday, January 30, 2017 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared past 20,000 when markets opened Wednesday on stronger-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings and policy announcements from President Donald Trump and his administration. The NASDAQ and S&P 500 also set new records, with all three indices gaining more than 1% last week.

Personal Income and Spending

- Monday, January 30, 2017 - Consumer Income was significantly higher in December. The annual change for the core rate was 1.7% and 1.6% for the headline rate (still well below the Fed’s target).
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