Brexit, Boeing: Wealth Economic Update Mar. 29, 2019

U.S. and World News

  • brexit-1027266560Two years ago today, the United Kingdom asked the European Union for a divorce and today is the day that Brexit was finally supposed to transpire, however, many questions remain about how the whole thing will shake out. The new deadline is now two weeks away and lawmakers are left scrambling to pass a deal to avoid the “no-deal” Brexit, an outcome that no one wants. Theresa May also announced this week that she would resign if the deal was approved in a last ditch effort to save her deal, but was answered by Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party promising to continue to reject her deal. The withdrawal agreement that was voted on today was rejected, as expected, meaning the hard deadline for Brexit is April 12th. Following the vote today, European Council President Donald Tusk announced a summit for April 10th, raising more questions about the possibility of another extension.
  • Boeing held a briefing for about 200 pilots and representatives this week describing in detail the software changes that control a system designed to prevent a mid-flight stall. Boeing publically revealed the updates to the 737 MAX software and stated that the update would give pilots more control over the MCAS system and make it less likely to be set off by faulty data. FAA regulators were questioned by lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week about the oversight of the aviation industry and how the MCAS system was tested.


Markets

  • Stocks jumped higher this week. The S&P 500 rose 1.23% and closed at 2,834. The Dow Jones gained  1.67% and closed at 25,929. Year to date, the S&P is up 13.63% and the Dow Jones is up 11.79%.
  • Yields continued to fall this week. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes are yielding 2.23% and 2.40%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil surged this week. Prices rose 2.24% and closed at $60.14 per barrel. Year to date, Oil prices are up 32.44%.
  • The spot price of Gold lost 1.63% this week and closed at $1,292.23 per ounce. Year to date, Gold prices are up 0.76%.

Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims fell by 5,000 to 211,000 for the week. The four-week moving average of claims fell by 3,000 to 217,000. The decline in claims was broad based.
  • The third estimate of Q4 GDP came in at 2.2% versus expectations for 2.6%
  • Personal Consumption rose by 2.5% in Q4 versus expectations for a 2.6% increase
  • Housing starts fell by 8.7% in February versus expectations for a decline of 0.8%
  • Building permits fell by 1.6% versus expectations for a decline of 1.3%
  • The Conference Board index of consumer confidence fell by 7.3 points to 124.1 in March versus expectations for a reading of 132.5
  • The trade deficit fell by more than expected to $51.1 billion in January versus expectations for a reading of -$57.0 billion
  • Pending home sales fell by 1% in February versus expectations for a decline of 0.5%
  • The January core PCE index increased by 0.06% versus expectations for 0.2%
  • Personal income increased 0.2% versus expectations for an increase of 0.3%
  • Personal spending rose by 0.1% in January versus expectations for a 0.3%
  • The University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment rose by 0.6 points to 98.4 versus expectations for a reading of 97.8

Fact of the Week

  • 3 of the top 4 occupations projected to create the greatest number of new jobs nationwide between 2016-2026 are in the health care industry–personal care aides(+777,600 new jobs), registered nurses(+438,100 new jobs) and home health aides(+431,200 new jobs) (source: Department of Labor).

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Rich Gartelmann CFP® – (630) 844-5730 –  rgartelmann@oldsecond.com
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Jacqueline Runnberg CFP® – (630) 966-2462 jrunnberg@oldsecond.com
Ed Gorenz – (630) 906-5467 ejgorenz@oldsecond.com
Mike Demski – (630) 966-2430 mdemski@oldsecond.com
Mike Cava – (630) 281-4522 mcava@oldsecond.com

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Boeing, Brexit, Venezuela: Wealth Economic Update Mar. 15, 2019

U.S. and World News

  • boeing-172946037On Sunday, an Ethiopian Airlines flight transporting 157 people on a Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed during takeoff, killing all passengers on board. The incident occurred less than five months after another Boeing 737 MAX 8 crashed in Indonesia killing 189 people and investigators have drawn similarities between the two crashes, especially since both took place during the take-off phase. Immediately following the crash, several countries grounded the aircraft and placed a ban on the 737 MAX 8 from flying into and out of the country. On Wednesday, Boeing announced that they would temporarily suspend the entire fleet “out of an abundance of caution and in order to reassure the flying public of the aircraft’s safety”. Boeing is expected to perform a software update on the entire fleet in mid-April.
  • The U.K. parliament rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s withdrawal accord on Tuesday as expected. It is now clear that the U.K. will likely not leave the European Union by March 29th and Prime Minister Theresa May will be asking for an extension after a no-deal Brexit has also been rejected. The European Union must unanimously approve an extension, which would be in their best interests. Theresa May plans to bring her Brexit deal, which was already rejected twice, to parliament for one more vote before meeting with the European Union on March 21st.
  • Self-declared interim president Juan Guaido of Venezuela has announced a “state of national emergency” as a result of ongoing power outages throughout the country. At least 15 people have died and the private sector continues to lose hundreds of millions of dollars as a result of the blackouts. Current President Nicolas Maduro is blaming the United States for the power outages. State owned PDVSA and its joint venture partners are struggling to produce oil and the government is now said to be rationing electricity in an effort to supply power to the Jose oil export terminal, a major source of revenue for Venezuela.


Markets

  • Stocks picked up steam again having a very strong week. The S&P 500 jumped 2.95% and closed at 2,822. The Dow Jones rose higher, but was held lower by Boeing, gaining 1.64% and closing at 25,849. Year to date, the S&P is up 13.09% and the Dow Jones is up 11.45%.
  • Yields continued to fall this week. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes are yielding 2.40% and 2.59%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil rose much higher this week. Prices rose 4.14% and closed at $58.39 per barrel. Year to date, Oil prices are up 28.58%.
  • The spot price of Gold rose 0.32% this week and closed at $1,302.40 per ounce. Year to date, Gold prices are up 1.55%.

Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims rose by 6,000 to 229,000 for the week. The four-week moving average of claims fell by 2,000 to 224,000. Claims rose by 5,000 in Illinois and by 2,000 in Ohio and Washington.
  • Import prices rose by 0.6% in February versus expectations for a 0.3% increase.
  • Retail sales rose by 0.2% in January versus expectations for a flat reading. The rise reflected a rise in ex-auto and gas sales.
  • Core retail sales rose by 1.1% versus expectations for a 0.6% increase.
  • The consumer price index (CPI) rose by 0.17%, in-line with expectations. The year-over-year measure rose to 1.50% versus expectations for 1.60%.
  • Core CPI rose by 0.11% versus expectations for a 0.2% increase. The year-over-year measure rose to 2.08% versus expectations for a 2.2% increase.
  • The producer price index (PPI) rose by 0.1% versus expectations for a 0.2% increase.
  • PPI ex-food, energy, and trade services rose by 0.1% versus expectations for a 0.2% increase.
  • Durable goods orders rose by 0.4% versus expectations for a decline of 0.4%.
  • Construction spending rose by 1.3% versus expectations for a 0.5% increase.
  • Sales of new single-family homes fell by 6.9% to a seasonally-adjusted annualized rate of 607k versus an estimate of 622k units.
  • Industrial production rose by 0.1% versus expectations for a 0.4% increase.
  • Manufacturing production fell by 0.4% versus expectations for a 0.1% increase.
  • The University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment rose 4 points to 97.8 in the March preliminary report versus expectations for a reading of 95.6.

Fact of the Week

  • The average single-family home in the USA increased in value +5.7% during 2018. Home values in Idaho increased +11.9% (top state) while home values in North Dakota were flat (bottom state) (source: FHFA).

Please contact a member of the Wealth Management Department if you have any questions about this information.

Rich Gartelmann CFP® – (630) 844-5730 –  rgartelmann@oldsecond.com
Steve Meves, CFA® – (630) 801-2217 – smeves@oldsecond.com
Brad Johnson CFA®, CFP® – (630) 906-5545 bjohnson@oldsecond.com
Jacqueline Runnberg CFP® – (630) 966-2462 jrunnberg@oldsecond.com
Ed Gorenz – (630) 906-5467 ejgorenz@oldsecond.com
Mike Demski – (630) 966-2430 mdemski@oldsecond.com
Mike Cava – (630) 281-4522 mcava@oldsecond.com

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