1. As fears of further trade war escalations between the U.S. and China seem to be fading, eyes are turning to next week’s Federal Open Market Committee meeting by the Federal Reserve. Analysts will be parsing every word of Fed Chair Powell’s statements at the conclusion of next week’s meeting for indications on the near-term…
The ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China, uncertainty over the direction of U.S. monetary policy and continued uncertainty over the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union all remain the primary drivers for market moves in the near term. A clearly sophisticated strike on Saudi Arabian oil facilities over the weekend also acted to send uncertainty and fear into markets.
1. Volatility was extreme this week as U.S.-China trade tensions boiled over and global central banks began a “race to the bottom”, cutting their own interest rates right on the heels of last week’s rate cut by the U.S. Federal Reserve. 2. The seasonally adjusted number of Americans filing initial claims for state unemployment dropped…
The Federal Reserve’s interest rate decision was set up to be the primary driver for market moves this week until President Trump announced further tariffs on China on Thursday. Friday’s Non-Farm Payrolls report also added to market jitters as it seemed to reinforce the idea that the Fed could place further rate cuts in a holding pattern.
1. The battle over the U.S. debt ceiling has once again become a Congressional showdown, as was widely expected. The U.S.-China trade war also continues to remain largely unresolved and these two items alone are likely to trigger a significant increase in market volatility in the coming weeks. 2. The seasonally adjusted number of Americans…
Trade and speculation about the moves of the Federal Reserve moved back to the forefront of factors affecting market volatility this week. Continued escalation of tensions in the Middle East region also remains a factor.
This brief report will highlight what’s taken place with precious metals this past quarter and year-to-date, along with how they compared to other assets. We’ll also briefly look at what potential catalysts lie ahead.
It’s pretty daring to claim that you’re near certain an investment will pay off. But that’s exactly what I’m doing.
Trade disputes continue to be of primary concern to markets and to the global economy as a whole.
The Federal Reserve chart above only goes back to 1970, but its message is clear, nevertheless. The velocity of money has dropped below that which was necessary to maintain a productive economy in 2009 and has never recovered.