May 2019

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Now that Q1 earnings are out and daily trading volume on exchanges is light, It's all about China...

The reverberations from last week’s breakdown in trade talks between the U.S. and China and the sanctions placed on Huawei continued to roil the markets.  In particular, investors focused on the impact on Technology companies as the Nasdaq, the worst performing index, fell 2.29%, followed by the Russell 2000® Index (-1.41%), S&P 500® Index (-1.17%) and the Dow Jones Industrial Average (-0.69%).   Apple, which relies heavily on China for manufacturing and sales, fell 5.31% this week as… View More

China's Huawei: More than just tariffs

We want to share an article that we came across while following news on the U.S. trade dispute with China.  It is a little outside our normal discussion of markets and economics, but we think it gives important insight into what is going on between the U.S. and China, as well as other major world powers.  We have added some highlighting to bring attention to certain details in the article.   Some may be inclined to believe the issues with Huawei are politically motivated, and some of the ar… View More

There are many facets to consider with the current trade's not as simple as most people think

Trade dominated market sentiment as investors reacted to the breakdown in U.S./China trade negotiations and the potential economic impact. Trading volumes suggest that many investors chose to sit on the sidelines amidst the uncertainty.  Last Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 617 points (-2.38%) then reversed course leading all indices at the end of the week with a decline of 0.69%, followed by the S&P 500® (-0.76%), Nasdaq (-1.27%) and Russell 2000® (2.37%).  President Trum… View More

China, China and More China... The trade fight is escalating and markets don't like it

On Sunday April 5th, President Trump tweeted that trade negotiations with China were moving too slowly; he announced a tariff increase (from 10% to 25%) on $200 billion of Chinese imports effective Friday April 10th and announced his intention to initiate a 25% tariff on an additional $320 billion of imports from China.  China, while offering no details, indicated its intention to reciprocate.  The sudden change in outlook for a trade agreement sent the markets tumbling last week: the Nasdaq … View More

China Trade Market Update

The moves made by China last week should not be a surprise... Last Friday President Trump seemed to come out of nowhere with one of his famous Tweets saying he would impose the pending tariffs on China starting at 12:01am Friday May 10.  This caused markets to react negatively as it seemed President Trump was going rogue. Markets opened down on Monday almost 400 points and then rebounded by the end of the day recovering most of its loss.  Yesterday we were not so lucky and the market sold off… View More

A Goldilocks Economy - Not too Hot and Not too Cold

The persistently low rate of inflation is feeding a debate on the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy.  The latest inflation reading (specifically, the PCE Core rate) fell to an annual rate of only 1.6% despite overall strength in the economy.  White House officials and some economists argue that the Fed should support continued economic expansion by lowering interest rates; indeed, in the lead up to the Fed’s meeting on Wednesday, many investors anticipated a rate cut.  However, in announc… View More

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