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The year 2017 was eventful, to say the least.  President Trump and Congress tried, without success, to repeal the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.  However, the new year-end tax law included the elimination of the individual health insurance mandate.  The U.S. economy started slowly but picked up steam as the year progressed.  Ten years after its onset, the financial crisis officially came to an end in 2017.  The gross domestic product expanded at an annual rate of 3.2% in the third quarter.  The unemployment rate fell from 4.7% to 4.1%, while upwards of 2 million new jobs were added.  The Federal Reserve, based on the strength of the economy and labor market, began to roll back its stimulus program and raised interest rates three times during the year.  The stock market reached several historic highs in 2017.  Consumer income rose and purchases increased, but inflation remained stubbornly below 2.0%.  Business investment expanded in 2017 and is expected to surge in 2018.  The year ended with the passage of sweeping tax reform legislation.
 
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