2 Tropical Storms, COVID: O2 Wealth Economic Update, August 21, 2020

U.S. and World News

  • weather-1180882223Two tropical depressions are being watched closely as computer models show a high probability of one making landfall in Texas and one making landfall in Florida on Monday. University of Miami meteorologist Brian McNoldy stated that “We could actually have Laura and Marco sharing the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, and both making U.S. landfalls on Monday”. The National Hurricane center is forecasting that both tropical systems will develop into mild hurricanes. If computer models and forecasts are correct, it would mark the first time in history that two hurricanes move through the Gulf of Mexico.
  • The latest U.S. COVID-19 data updates suggest that the second wave of the virus, particularly in the Sun Belt region, is subsiding. California and Florida saw a sharp decline in hospitalizations yesterday with Florida’s positivity rate coming in at under 10% for the second day in a row. Robert Redfield, head of the CDC, stated that infections in the southern-states are slowing and that the deaths should start to fall over the next week. Meanwhile, Notre Dame and the Univeristy of Pittsburgh are among several schools that have announced that effective immediately, all in-person classes will be suspended after coronavirus outbreaks at the campuses.

Markets

  • Markets continued to rally this week. The S&P 500 rose 0.77% and closed at 3,397. The Dow Jones rose 0.09% and closed at 27,930. Year-to-date, the S&P 500 is up 6.46% and the Dow Jones is down -0.59%.
  • Interests rates moved lower this week. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes are yielding 0.27% and 0.63%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude oil fell this week. Prices fell -0.14% and closed at $42.25 per barrel. Year to date, Oil prices are down -30.81%.
  • The spot price of Gold dropped -0.31% and closed at $1,939.09 per ounce. Year to date, Gold prices are up 27.81%.

Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims increased by 135,000 to 1.1 million and the four-week moving average of claims increased by 51,000 to 942,000 million. Claims rose by18,000 in New York, 16,000 in California, and by 15,000 in Texas. Claims fell by 5,000 in Michigan.
  • The level of housing starts rose by 22.6% to a seasonally-adjusted-annualized-rate of 1.496 million versus expectations for an increase of 5.0%
  • Building permits rose by 18.8% versus expectations for an increase of 5.4%
  • Existing home sales rose by 24.7% to a seasonally-adjusted-annualized-rate of 5.86 million units versus expectations for an increase of 14.6%

Fact of the Week

  • Thursday marked 100 days since the March 23rd lows we saw in the market. The last 100 days have been the best performing 100 day period in market history, with the S&P 500 returning 50.8% over the period. The previous best was the 100 day period ending 7/30/2009, when the market returned 45.9% (Source: Strategas Research Partners)

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Middle East Peace Deal, China Trade: O2 Wealth Economic Update, August 14, 2020

U.S. and World News

  • dubai-467829216_370Yesterday, a historic diplomacy deal was agreed too between the United States, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The agreement marks a significant step towards peace in the Middle East and a path towards economic growth and technological innovation between the two countries. Israel and the UAE plan to sign bilateral agreements in the near future for investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare, and more. Israel has also agreed to suspend its planned annexation of areas in the West Bank. Israel, the UAE, and the United States plan to work together on the expansion of diplomacy, trade, and security cooperation in the Middle East, while also sharing a common view of the threats that exist in the region.
  • Representatives from the United States and China were set to hold a video conference tomorrow for a review of the Phase 1 trade deal, until late this morning when it was announced that the meeting will be rescheduled. As part of the agreement, China agreed to purchase an additional $200 billion in goods compared to 2017, a level that was originally seen as unrealistic and that it remains far from achieving. The goal seems even more far-fetched now as a result of a significant global economic setback. Tensions have been rising between the two countries for a variety of reasons, one of them being recent U.S. actions on Chinese tech companies such as bans on TikTok and WeChat that are set to go into effect in September. Other issues that are expected to be discussed when the meeting takes place is Chinese communications firm Huawei and China’s new national security law for Hong Kong.

Markets

  • Markets rose again this week. The S&P 500 rose 0.69% and closed at 3,373. The Dow Jones rose 1.87% and closed at 27,931. Year-to-date, the S&P 500 is up 5.65% and the Dow Jones is down -0.68%.
  • Interests rates spiked this week. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes are yielding 0.30% and 0.71%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude oil rose this week. Prices rose 2.26% and closed at $42.17 per barrel. Year to date, Oil prices are down -30.97%.
  • The spot price of Gold dropped -4.44% and closed at $1,945.21 per ounce. Year to date, Gold prices are up 28.20%.

Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims fell by 228,000 to 963,000 and the four-week moving average of claims fell by 158,000 to 872,000 million. Claims fell by 34,000 in New York, 25,000 in Florida, and by 23,000 in California. Claims rose by 7,000 in Nevada and by 4,000 in Kansas.
  • Job openings rose by 518,000 to 5.889 million versus expectations for 5.3 million
  • The producer price index (PPI) rose by 0.6% versus expectations for an increase of 0.3%
  • Core PPI rose by 0.3% versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%
  • The consumer price index (CPI) rose 0.6% versus expectations for an increase of 0.3% and the year-over-year rate rose 1.0% versus expectations for an increase of 0.7%
  • Core CPI rose by 0.6% versus expectations for an increase of 0.2% and the year-over-year rate rose by 1.6% versus expectations for an increase of 1.1%
  • Retail sales rose by 1.2% versus expectations for an increase of 2.1%
  • Core retail sales rose by 1.4% versus expectations for an increase of 0.8%
  • Nonfarm productivity rose by 7.3% versus expectations for an increase of 1.5%
  • The University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment rose by 0.3 points to 72.8 in its preliminary reading versus expectations for a reading of 72.0
  • Industrial production rose by 3.0%, in-line with expectations
  • Business inventories fell by -1.1%, in-line with expectations

Fact of the Week

  • Thursday marked 100 days since the March 23rd lows we saw in the market. The last 100 days have been the best performing 100 day period in market history, with the S&P 500 returning 50.8% over the period. The previous best was the 100 day period ending 7/30/2009, when the market returned 45.9% (Source: Strategas Research Partners)

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Wealth Management Economic Update August 25, 2014

U.S. and World News

  • Middle_East_000038001262_320President Obama says that the U.S. will continue limited airstrikes against Islamic State militants. The efforts have helped Iraqi and Kurdish forces retake the vital Mosul dam and halted the advance of Islamic State on the city of Erbil. News of the recaptured dam has helped to push down oil prices this week.
  • The latest cease-fire in the Gaza Strip has collapsed, after rocket fire from the Palestinians resumed eight hours before the cease-fire was due to expire. Israel responded with airstrikes and ordered its delegates back from Cairo saying they will not negotiate under fire. Egyptian officials have been struggling to mediate during the conflict, striking several temporary cease-fires, but not achieving a permanent truce as of yet.
  • Vladimir Putin is scheduled to meet face to face with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Belarus on August 26th. Among the issues surely to be discussed will be stabilizing the border situation with Ukraine and addressing Ukraine’s energy concerns. Ukraine’s energy sector is faltering considerably and estimates suggest that coal supplies to electricity producers may run out in about a month due to rail lines that were damaged by pro-Russian separatists.
  • The annual retreat in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where central bankers, finance ministers and academics from all around the world come to discuss global economic issues went on this week without too many market moving headlines. Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen’s comments noted both a more rapid than expected pace of recent labor market improvements, as well as the still significant level of labor underutilization. She continued to emphasize that future policy decisions will be data driven and that the Fed could raise rates earlier than expected should the data improve more than expected but that it could also raise rates later than expected if labor and inflation data disappoints.

Markets

  • Markets were positive this week despite continued geopolitical turmoil. The S&P 500 closed at a new All-Time High on Thursday but lost ground on Friday, gaining 1.74% this week and closing at 1,988. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 2.07% and closed at 17,001. Year to date, the S&P is up 9.00% and the Dow is up 4.16%
  • Interest rates floated back up a bit this week. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes are now yielding 1.66% and 2.40%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil fell by 1.91% this week, closing at $93.50 per barrel. Year to date, Oil prices have dipped 0.53%.
  • The spot price of Gold decreased by 1.89% this week, closing at $1280.04 per ounce. Year to date, Gold prices are up 6.52%.

Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims declined from last week, coming in at 298,000 vs. consensus estimates of 303,000. The level of claims is near the pre-crisis lows. The Labor Department noted no special factors in the data. The four week moving average for claims now stands at 301,000.
  • Nearly all of the 2nd quarter earnings reports from the S&P 500 have come out with 94% of companies reporting. Overall, 67% of companies exceeded earnings expectations with healthcare and financial stocks beating the highest percentage of the time and telecommunication stocks performing the worst. On the top line, 63% of companies beat revenue expectations, again with healthcare leading the way while telecom and staples lagged.
  • Housing starts rose a stronger than expected 15.7% in July vs. consensus expectations of 8.1%. Both single family and multifamily starts contributed to the gains and left the level of housing starts just shy of the post-recession high seen last November.

Fact of the Week

  • According to a study conducted by Reuters, 40% of people identifying themselves as retired reported that they had stopped working involuntarily. Additionally, 30% of those retired people surveyed said that if the labor market improved and a job became available, they would effectively “unretire” and rejoin the workforce. These findings show that headline unemployment rate isn’t always a representative statistic, as those 30% are currently not counted as being in the workforce but would reenter it if conditions improve.

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Wealth Management Economic Update July 28, 2014

World News*

  • ukraine_moscow_mapThe Ukrainian government said Friday it regained control of the separatist stronghold of Lysychansk after several days of fierce fighting, a move it said would pave the way to take back a string of other important rebel-held positions.   Kiev has reported steady progress in its fight against the separatists. But its efforts have been hampered by what it says is a flow of weapons and artillery fire from across the border that hasn’t stopped even after last week’s downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17–an allegation the U.S. backed on Thursday but that Russia has repeatedly denied.
  • Hundreds of Palestinians in the West Bank protested Israel’s military operation in the Gaza Strip on Friday, as an 18th day of fighting in the coastal territory claimed the life of an Israeli soldier, an Islamic Jihad official, and Palestinian civilians. Protesters waving the green flag of Hamas marched through the center of Ramallah, calling on Israeli forces to get out of Gaza and urging the leaders of the Fatah movement, a longtime rival of Hamas, to support Gaza’s Islamist leaders. One of the West Bank’s largest street protests in years on Thursday ended in clashes with the Israeli army that left two Palestinians dead. The West Bank, separated from Gaza by Israeli territory, had remained relatively calm this month as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s security forces, with the urging of Israel, worked to contain unrest. But tension there boiled over Thursday after 16 Palestinians were killed in Gaza in the shelling of a United Nations-run shelter where hundreds had taken refuge from Israeli shelling.
*Source: Dow Jones & Company

Markets

  • Markets rose this week despite the geopolitical turmoil and a sharply negative Thursday trading session. The S&P 500 was flat and closed at 1,978. The Dow Jones dipped slightly (0.8%) closing at 19,961. Year to date, the S&P is up 7.0% and the Dow is up 2.3%.
  • Interest rates remained steady this week, with the 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes are yielding 1.67% and 2.46%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil rose by .03% this week, closing at $101.99 per barrel. Year to date, Oil prices have risen 7.72%.
  • The spot price of Gold dropped .25% this week, closing at $1,307.55 per ounce. Year to date, Gold prices are up 8.8%.

Economic Data

  • The Consumer Price Index Ex-food and energy was reported to +1.9% above year ago levels and in line with the expected +2.0%.
  • Existing home sales was for the month of June were reported to be 5.04 million units ahead of the expected 4.99 units.
  • Initial jobless claims created excitement by being reported 18,000 below expectations.
  • On July 30, 2014, the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee is expected to release the Federal Funds Rate; with no change being anticipated.

Fact of the Week

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Wealth Management Economic Update July 21, 2014

U.S. and World News

  • jet_plane_350pxMalaysian Airlines flight MH 17 appears to have been shot down by surface to air missiles over the battle-torn east Ukraine region of Donetsk. U.S. intelligence is pointing to pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine as the group behind the attack. There were 298 passengers and crew members on the aircraft, all of which were killed. President Obama called the event an “outrage of unspeakable proportions” and has again warned Vladimir Putin of increased sanctions if Russia does not change its stance of backing the Ukrainian rebels. Putin for his part placed the blame on the Ukrainian government, claiming that the tragedy would not have happened had Ukraine not resumed a military campaign against the pro-Russian separatists in the country.
  •  Israeli soldiers and tanks have entered Gaza after cease-fire efforts collapsed and 10 days of bombardments from the air failed to stop the rocket attacks by Hamas from the Gaza Strip. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the campaign is aimed at “destroying the terror tunnels dug from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory.” Israel had previously been reluctant to launch a ground assault for fear of endangering its own soldiers and drawing international condemnation over mounting Palestinian civilian deaths. The offensive follows an Egyptian effort earlier this week to halt hostilities in which Israel agreed to the terms, but Hamas refused, demanding that Israel and Egypt first give guarantees to ease the blockade on Gaza.
  •  The Obama administration is calling for new legislation that will limit the benefits of U.S. companies which reincorporate overseas in order to take advantage of the lower corporate tax rates of other countries. In the last decade, 50 U.S. firms have relocated for these tax inversions, with many of them being announced this year. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has written to congressional tax-writing committees stating that lawmakers “should enact legislation immediately to shut down this abuse of our tax system,” adding that any legislation should be retroactive to May to prevent a rush to do deals before it is potentially enacted.
  • The long awaited New Development Bank has been launched after the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) leaders put their finishing touches on the $100 billion bank and currency reserve pool aimed at reshaping the Western-dominated international financial system centered on the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The bank is scheduled to start lending in 2016 and is a major accomplishment by the BRICS countries which account for almost half of the world’s population.

Markets

  • Markets rose this week despite the geopolitical turmoil and a sharply negative Thursday trading session. The S&P 500 gained 0.56% and closed at 1,978. The Dow Jones followed suit by rising 0.97% and closing at 17,100. Year to date, the S&P is up 8.21% and the Dow is up 4.46%.
  • Interest rates fell a bit this week and the 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes are now yielding 1.67% and 2.49%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil rose by 2.13% this week, closing at $102.98 per barrel. Year to date, Oil prices have risen 7.72%.
  • The spot price of Gold decreased by 2.08% this week, closing at $1,310.88 per ounce. Year to date, Gold prices are up 9.09%.

Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims fell 2,000 from last week, coming in at 302,000 vs. consensus estimates of 310,000. The level of claims is approaching the pre-crisis lows. The Labor Department noted no special factors in the data. The four week moving average for claims now stands at 309,000, the lowest it’s been since June 2007.
  • Housing starts unexpectedly fell 9.3% in June vs. expectations of a rise of 1.9%. Both single family and multifamily starts fell much more than expected. The report contrasts with more positive recent news on home sales and the National Association of Home Builders index so it may have been an anomaly this month.

Fact of the Week

  • On June 12th, the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 that funds received via an inherited IRA from a non-spouse are not protected in bankruptcy. The case revolved around Heidi Clark who inherited $450,000 in an IRA from her deceased mother in 2001. She then went on to file bankruptcy along with her husband in 2010. The court ruled that the inherited IRA could be taken by creditors to cover the Clark’s debts.

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Wealth Management Economic Update July 14, 2014

U.S. and World News

  • money_printing_000013471715Minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting were released this week and were generally in line with expectations. The tone was slightly on the more dovish side but also confirmed the Fed’s plan to continue to decrease bond purchases (quantitative easing) at the next three meetings, completely stopping purchases in October.
  • The results of Indonesia’s presidential election will remain uncertain until next week, as 130 million votes need to be hand-counted. The latest polls show a narrow margin between candidates Joko Widodo and ex-general Prabowo Subianto. Subianto faces a U.S. visa ban for allegations of past human rights violations. The new president will come into office facing several issues including foreign investment, a crumbling currency and a need to cut fuel subsidies.
  • Tensions are mounting in the Middle East, after Gaza militants fired new M-302 rockets deep into Israel. Israel has ramped up its air strike campaign as a result, targeting militant positions including rocket launching sites and smuggling tunnels. The newly acquired rockets put about 2/3 of Israel’s 8 million people into Gaza’s range of fire, increasing pressure to neutralize any threats.
  • The Ukrainian army is preparing its invasion of Donetsk, the pro-Russian separatist stronghold and city of nearly 1 million. Rebel leaders are urging residents to evacuate the city and have vowed to never surrender. Separatists have continued to call on Russia for aid, although the country has not yet offered any direct military assistance. While Russia openly condemns Ukraine’s military crackdown, Russia faces heavy economic sanctions should it intervene.

Markets

  • Markets fell this week after making new highs the week prior. The S&P 500 shed 0.86% and closed at 1,968. The Dow Jones followed suit by dropping 0.68% and closing at 16,944. Year to date, the S&P is up 7.60% and the Dow is up 3.46%.
  • Interest rates fell this week and the 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes are now yielding 1.64% and 2.52%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil continued to fall this week due to waning concerns about Iraqi oil supplies in the near term. Prices fell 3.26%, closing at $100.67 per barrel. Year to date, Oil prices have risen 5.30%.
  • The spot price of Gold increased by 1.34% this week, closing at $1,338.20 per ounce. Year to date, Gold prices are up 11.36%. 

Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims dropped 11,000 from last week, coming in at 304,000 vs. consensus estimates of 315,000. The Labor Department noted no special factors in the data. The four week moving average for claims now stands at 311,500.

Fact of the Week

  • According to the Federal Reserve, outstanding student loans total $1.11 trillion while outstanding credit card debt stands at $857 billion. In the last 12 months, student debt has increased $124 billion while credit card debt has increased just $7 billion.

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