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Recent Concerning Consumer Credit Trends Carry On Into April

By |2018-06-07T18:04:38+00:00June 7th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

US consumers continue to recover from their debt splurge at the end of last year. Combined with still weaker income growth, the Federal Reserve estimates that aggregate revolving credit balances grew only marginally for the fourth straight month in April 2018. To put it in perspective, the total for revolving credit (seasonally adjusted) is up [...]

Some Things Will Not Change, And That’s Why Nothing Changes

By |2018-06-06T16:20:13+00:00June 6th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Auto sales improved only slightly in May 2018 from more dismal results over the prior few months. Unit and retail sales were projected to be +3.5% year-over-year last month. Almost immediately, these numbers (really just the plus sign) were celebrated as clear evidence that consumers were spending in true boom fashion. Encouraged by a strong [...]

Globally Synchronized Asynchronous Growth

By |2018-05-16T16:17:26+00:00May 16th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Industrial Production in the United States rose 3.5% year-over-year in April 2018, down slightly from a revised 3.7% rise in March. Since accelerating to 3.4% growth back in November 2017, US industry has failed to experience much beyond that clear hurricane-related boost. IP for prior months, particularly February and March 2018, were revised significantly lower. [...]

It’s Seems A Pretty Big Deal Ford’s New Focus Won’t Have A Focus

By |2018-04-26T19:11:22+00:00April 26th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Why isn’t Ford’s news getting a bigger reaction? This was no small announcement, essentially a retooling of its entire business. The company will, in effect, no longer build and sell cars; at least not cars as we think of them. The Mustang, it appears, will be the lone survivor among that category, but the Taurus [...]

Why The Last One Still Matters (IP Revisions)

By |2018-04-18T14:58:16+00:00April 18th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Beginning with its very first issue in May 1915, the Federal Reserve’s Bulletin was the place to find a growing body of statistics on US economic performance. Four years later, monthly data was being put together on the physical volumes of trade. From these, in 1922, the precursor to what we know today as Industrial [...]

US IP On The Other Side of Harvey and Irma

By |2018-02-15T17:39:20+00:00February 15th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Industrial Production in the US was revised to a lower level for December 2017, and then was slightly lower still in the first estimates for January 2018. Year-over-year, IP was up 3.7%. However, more than two-thirds of the gain was registered in September, October, and November (and nearly all the rest in just the single [...]

More Hurricane Effects Wear Off; Auto Sales Slump in January

By |2018-02-02T17:23:45+00:00February 2nd, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

The storm-assisted car-fest that ended last year appears to be fully winding down. Automakers overall posted weak sales to start 2018. They are putting on their best face, admitting widely that this year was going to be a tough one anyway as if they expected it. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, total sales [...]

Is Un-Humming A Word? It Might Need To Become One

By |2018-01-17T15:59:21+00:00January 17th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Industrial Production in the US was up 3.6% year-over-year in December 2017. That’s the best for American industry since November 2014 when annual IP growth was 3.7%. That’s ultimately the problem, though, given all that has happened this year. In other words, despite a clear boost the past few months from storm effects, as well [...]

The Economy Likes Its IP Less Lumpy

By |2017-12-15T16:41:13+00:00December 15th, 2017|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Industrial Production rose 3.4% year-over-year in November 2017, the highest growth rate in exactly three years. The increase was boosted by the aftermath of Harvey and Irma, leaving more doubt than optimism for where US industry is in 2017. For one thing, of that 3.4% growth rate, more than two-thirds was attributable to just two months. [...]