global trade

China Going Back To 2011

By |2018-12-10T12:33:58+00:00December 10th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

The enormous setback hadn’t yet been fully appreciated in March 2012 when China’s Premiere Wen Jiabao spoke to and on behalf of the country’s Communist governing State Council. Despite it having been four years since Bear Stearns had grabbed the whole world’s attention (for reasons the whole world wouldn’t fully comprehend, specifically as to why [...]

Converging Views Only Starts With Fed ‘Pause’

By |2018-12-06T18:25:19+00:00December 6th, 2018|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

There’s no sign of inflation, markets are unsettled, and now new economic data keeps confirming that dark side. Forget each month, every day there is something else suggesting a slowdown. That much had been evident across much of the global economy, but this is now different. The US has apparently been infected, too, not that [...]

Why Chinese Authorities Are Freaking Out

By |2018-11-09T12:03:43+00:00November 9th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

It’s always a fine line for authorities. There are times when avoiding intervention is more effective than intervention. That’s particularly true when the efficacy of whatever proposed policy is in doubt. If you don’t know for sure that it will work, maybe don’t do it. There are often grave risks associated with plunging forward recklessly. [...]

The Nothing of US Trade

By |2018-11-02T17:51:05+00:00November 2nd, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

US imports rose sharply (seasonally-adjusted) in September 2018 over August. Both with and without petroleum, the year-over-year gains (unadjusted) were about 9%. September, however, will be the last month of favorable comparisons. Over the next few months last year’s artificial hurricane related surge will move into the base for comparisons. Exports were up far more [...]

Let’s Just Pretend This Isn’t Happening, Again

By |2018-11-01T16:43:47+00:00November 1st, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Why aren’t more people talking about this? It’s a huge development and nary a peep anywhere. The mainstream media is filled with baited expectations for 3% wage growth on Payroll Friday. All eyes are on the labor market, which is a lagging indication, instead of on the oil market, which is forward looking. As of [...]

Continuously Misidentifying Constant ‘Overseas Turmoil’ Leads To Constant Everywhere Turmoil

By |2018-10-31T11:27:54+00:00October 31st, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Overseas turmoil continues in October. The Chinese government released its Purchasing Managers Indices (PMI) for both manufacturing and services. Each one came in at a multi-month low. The National Bureau of Statistics calculated that the manufacturing version was just 50.2 this month, the lowest level since July 2016. The Non-manufacturing PMI fell sharply to 53.9 [...]

Canada Trade, Plain and Simple

By |2018-10-23T12:25:36+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

The Bank of Canada held its benchmark overnight rate steady at its last meeting in early September. Like the Federal Reserve, Canada’s central bank has been “tightening.” The policy lever had been lifted four times starting in July 2017. It is expected that when monetary officials meet in Ottawa tomorrow they will vote for a [...]

Sentiment Time

By |2018-10-16T15:49:23+00:00October 16th, 2018|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets, Stocks|

The one thing the globally synchronized growth narrative had going for it was sentiment. It often had that in surplus. But therein lies a major drawback; are people happy because things are getting better, or do they believe things are getting better because “everyone” says so? There’s a difference and it’s a big one. And [...]