Mark Zuckerberg Takes a Shot at the Fed’s Relevance

Mark Zuckerberg Takes a Shot at the Fed’s Relevance

$FB, $USO, $XAU, $XAG, $USD, $JPY, $EUR President Trump gives his voice to increasingly public impatience with what we analysts call macro-economics. The Fed targets 2% inflation as a compromise between accomplishing strong growth and stable prices. Since the Y 2008 financial crisis, whether unemployment was 10% or less than 4%, no matter how high or low […]

Home Loan Costs Fall, Mortgage Applications Rise

Home Loan Costs Fall, Mortgage Applications Rise

US mortgage home applications to buy and to refinanc increased last week as most borrowing costs fell in step with US bond yields tied to worries about slowing economic growth, data from the Mortgage Bankers Association showed on Wednesday. The Washington-based industry group’s seasonally adjusted index on mortgage activity rose 2.3% to 384.0 in the week […]

EU Cannot Not Rely on US Growth to Help

EU Cannot Not Rely on US Growth to Help

FLASH: President Trump’s top economic adviser offered sharp criticism of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) revival of stimulus measures to spur the EU’s economy. National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said that a ECB decision Thursday to extend a new round of cheap loans to the banking system wouldn’t be enough to fix the continent’s […]

EU’s Economic Collapse Brings on New ECB Initiatives

EU’s Economic Collapse Brings on New ECB Initiatives

$EUR FLASH: ECB will maintain current level of rates through the end of Y 2019 and launch new targeted longer-term refinancing operation (TLTRO-III) in September European Central Bank presented a huge set of monetary policy initiatives Thursday that sent economists and analysts on Twitter spinning. Below are some of their quick reactions as the EUR […]

Dimon Cautious, JPMorgan Positions for a Recession

Dimon Cautious, JPMorgan Positions for a Recession

$JMP, $GS, $USD FLASH: Jamie and ‘Goldie’ have different outlooks JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon does not agree with economic doomsayers. The boss of the largest US bank acknowledged a growing number of potential obstacles to the economy that carried his firm to record profits last year. That caution was reflected in JPMorgan Chase & […]

Managed Money Moves Back into High Yield Corporate Bonds

Managed Money Moves Back into High Yield Corporate Bonds

US fund investors charged into high-yield corporate bonds during the latest week, shoveling $3.3-B, the most cash flowing into that market since late Y 2016, Lipper said Thursday, boosted by dovish words from Fed Chairman Powell. Underscoring investors’ appetite for some risk-taking, investors pulled $15-B net cash from US-based money market funds, according to the […]

US Home Mortgage Applications Mark 11-Month Highs

US Home Mortgage Applications Mark 11-Month Highs

The number of US consumers who applied for loans to buy a home and to refinance 1 rose to an 11-month high last week, signaling that the recent drop in interest rates is reviving housing activity, the Mortgage Bankers Association said in a report Wednesday. The Washington-based industry group’s seasonally adjusted gauge on mortgage applications increased 13.5% […]

Chinese Investors Sentiment is Very Weak, Conditions Abroad Have Little Influence

Chinese Investors Sentiment is Very Weak, Conditions Abroad Have Little Influence

Chinese Investors Sentiment is Very Weak, Conditions Abroad Have Little Influence $ALMMF, $CHL, $PTR Market sentiment is very weak. President Xi’s government is struggling to dispel such gloom and talk stock prices back up with promises of tax cuts, more bank lending and a media campaign. The benchmark Shanghai Composite Index sank 30% from January […]

The Trump Effect: Low Unemployment Makes Economy ‘as Good as it Gets’

The Trump Effect: Low Unemployment Makes Economy ‘as Good as it Gets’

The Trump Effect: Low Unemployment Makes Economy ‘as Good as it Gets’ $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $RUTX, $VXX Current economic conditions are “as good as it gets” for the Fed, a Key policymaker said Thursday. Looking ahead, investors will receive the Employment Situation report for August Friday, the consensus expecting an increase of 187,000 in NFPs, an […]

Student Loan Borrowers Defaults Increase

Student Loan Borrowers Defaults Increase

Student Loan Borrowers Defaults Increase New research shows more than 1-M student loan borrowers each year go into default and nearly 40% of borrowers are expected to default on their student loans by Y 2023. Outstanding education debt in the US has 3X’d over the last decade and now exceeds $1.5-T, posing a greater burden […]

US Economic Growth ‘Robust’ and On Track

US Economic Growth ‘Robust’ and On Track

US Economic Growth ‘Robust’ and On Track Strong business borrowing, rising consumer spending, plus tight labor markets indicate the US economy remains on track for continued growth, the Fed reported Wednesday, the risks of a global trade war the only outlier. In its periodic “Beige Book” summary of contacts with businesses in its 12 regional districts, the […]

Lawsuit Alleges Obama Administration Inflated Student Loans

Lawsuit Alleges Obama Administration Inflated Student Loans

Lawsuit Alleges Obama Administration Inflated Student Loans Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education for records of the Obama Admin’s reported “coding error” which caused inflated College Scorecard repayment rates. “The Obama administration’s Obamacare legislation also included provisions that resulted in the federal takeover […]

Sub-prime Car Loan Delinquency Augurs Trouble for Auto Industry

Sub-prime Car Loan Delinquency Augurs Trouble for Auto Industry

Sub-prime Car Loan Delinquency Augurs Trouble for Auto Industry $F, FCAU, GM The New York Fed warns that surging delinquency rates for subprime auto loans are a “significant concern” about the real health of the car industry. “The worsening in the delinquency rate of subprime auto loans is pronounced, with a notable increase during the […]

Donald Trump Will Trash Obama’s No-Growth Orders

Donald Trump Will Trash Obama’s No-Growth Orders

Donald Trump Will “Trash” Obama’s No-Growth Orders $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX The Trump Rally extends, US stocks finished higher Tuesday, with the DJIA hitting a record high close for the 4th session running as tech stocks rebounded from a post-election hammering and energy stocks were boosted by a sharp rise in Crude Oil prices. Tuesday, […]

US Long Dated Treasuries Up Signaling Rising Inflation

US Long Dated Treasuries Up Signaling Rising Inflation

US Long Dated Treasuries Up Signaling Rising Inflation $SPY Donald Trump’s victory in the US Presidential race is driving mutual fund managers out of dividend stocks and into the shares of financial, industrial and materials companies that benefit from rising inflation. Although inflation remains subdued by most measures, US longer-dated Treasury yields rose Thursday to […]

The “Headaches” of the Legal Marijuana Industry

The “Headaches” of the Legal Marijuana Industry

The “Headaches” of the Legal Marijuana Industry The legal-marijuana industry faces many challenges to doing business. Most companies in the space are frozen out of bank, cannot use credit cards for transactions, and cannot get loans, huge headaches for the industry. And marijuana is like any other commodity: when there’s a supply glut, the price […]

China’s Banks Sponsor Growth of ‘Green’ Economy

China’s Banks Sponsor Growth of ‘Green’ Economy

China’s Banks Sponsor Growth of ‘Green’ Economy Chinese banks offered strong credit support for the growth of the Green economy in Y 2015. The total balance of Green loans issued by China’s 21 major financial institutions rose 16.42% last year to RMB 7.01-T, according to a report released Friday by the China Banking Association. It […]

US Consumer Spending, Residential Investment Driving a Weak Economy

US Consumer Spending, Residential Investment Driving a Weak Economy

US Consumer Spending, Residential Investment Driving a Weak Economy $DIA, $SPY, $QQQ, $VXX The demand side of the US GDP accounts shows that the nations economic engine has 6 cylinders, they are: consumer spending residential investment capital spending inventories net exports government spending. In recent Quarters, it seems like most of the US economy’s power […]

Former US President Bill Clinton Crashed the Housing Market

Former US President Bill Clinton Crashed the Housing Market

Former US President Bill Clinton Crashed the Housing Market The way to trading and business riches is simple “Buy low, Sell high.” Donald Trump has been very good at buying low and selling high, and it helps account for his success in business. Last week the Democratic front-runner, Hillary Clinton painted that a crime. While […]

UAE Business Loan Demand Grows, Lenders Reluctant

UAE Business Loan Demand Grows, Lenders Reluctant

UAE Business Loan Demand Grows, Lenders Reluctant Central bank report finds improving demand in Q-1, as conditions tighten UAE businesses are demanding more loans but lenders appear less willing to supply them, according to a report from the country’s central bank. In its Q-1 report, the bank said the appetite for business credit improved from […]