Brexit, China Tariffs, Ukraine: Wealth Economic Update Dec. 1, 2018

U.S. and World News

  • iStock-815062310The House of Commons will vote on Theresa May’s new Brexit withdrawal agreement on December 11th, which calls for London to follow many of the European bloc’s rules in an effort to keep trade agreements intact. Meanwhile, people in the “Remain” group are hopeful that the European Union’s top court will determine that the U.K. can unilaterally cancel Brexit after it has been completed. European Union Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has advised Britain that this agreement is “the only one possible”.
  • President Trump has threatened to raise tariffs to 25% from 10% on $200 billion of Chinese goods effective January 1st and institute tariffs on $267 billion more Chinese imports that would include iPhones and laptops. The announcement preludes the G20 summit in Argentina taking place this weekend that will be attended by President Trump, Xi Jinping. President Trump and the Chinese President are expected to have a dinner meeting on Saturday night to discuss trade.
  • Tensions are rising between Vladimir Putin and Ukraine after Russia captured and fired upon three Ukrainian navy vessels that had entered the Kerch strait near Crimea last weekend. Russia is now planning to deploy more surface-to-air missile systems to the area. Ukraine is calling for NATO to deploy warships to the sea of Azov, between the two countries.


Markets

  • Stocks rebounded this week. The S&P 500 gained 4.91% and closed at 2,760.16. The Dow Jones rose 5.52% and closed at 25,538.46. Year to date, the S&P is up 5.10% and the Dow Jones is up 5.54%.
  • Yields dropped again from last week. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes are yielding 2.82% and 2.99%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil rose slightly this week, up 0.36% and closing at $50.60 per barrel. Year to date, Oil prices are down 16.17%.
  • The spot price of Gold fell 0.07% this week and closed at $1,222.12 per ounce. Year to date, Gold prices are down 6.19%.

Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims rose by 10,000 to 234,000 this week. The four-week moving average of claims rose by 4,000 to 223,000. Claims rose by 5,000 in New York, 3,000 in Pennsylvania, and 2,000 in Georgia.
  • The core PCE price index ex-food and energy rose by 0.10% month-over-month in October versus expectations for a 0.2%. The year-over-year rate fell 0.2% to 1.8% versus expectations for 1.9%.
  • Personal income rose by 0.5% month-over-month in October versus expectations for a 0.4% increase.
  • Consumer spending rose by 0.6% in October versus expectations for a 0.4% increase.
  • Pending home sales fell by 2.6% in October versus expectations for a 0.5% increase. Declines were led by the West region.
  • Sales of new single-family homes fell by 8.9% in October to a seasonally-adjusted annualized rate of 544k versus expectations of 575k. This is the lowest level since March 2016.
  • Second-quarter GDP growth was unrevised and remained at 3.5% versus expectations for a revision to 3.6%.
    • The October goods trade deficit increased by $1.2 billion to $77.2 billion, versus expectations for a reading of $77.0 billion.
    • Wholesale inventories rose 0.7% in October versus expectations for a 0.4% increase.
  • The Conference Board index of consumer confidence fell 2.2 points to 135.7 in November, in-line with expectations.

Fact of the Week

  • Outstanding student loan debt in the US doubled from $360 million to $720 billion from 3/31/05 to 12/31/09. It double again to $1.44 trillion as of 9/30/18.

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Brexit, China Tariffs, CA Wildfires, Saudis: Wealth Economic Update Nov. 23, 2018

U.S. and World News

  • Brexiteers had warned of “Judgement Day,” but opponents of British Prime Minister Theresa May are reportedly six letters short of the 48 threshold needed to trigger a no confidence vote on her leadership. May said on Sunday that toppling her would risk delaying Brexit and she would not let talk of the challenge distract her from getting the support of the U.K. business community ahead of a critical week of Brexit negotiations.

  • “We put tariffs on $250B in Chinese goods, and we could more than double that number,” Vice President Mike Pence told the APEC summit, stating the “U.S. will not change course until China changes its ways.” The warning follows remarks made by President Trump that helped the Dow close higher on Friday. The U.S. “may not” need to impose more tariffs after China sent over measures it was willing to take to resolve trade tensions, he said, adding that “we’ll probably get to the four or five big things that were left off” the list.

  • The current wildfires in California could pressure insurers operating in the state given underwriting losses have the potential to approach around $6.8B. “They are not permitted to take all the given year’s losses and cram them into next year’s rates,” California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones told CNBC. A state ordinance instead spreads repayment of property and casualty insurance payouts over the next twenty years

  • President Trump has called the CIA assessment blaming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi “very premature” and said he will receive a complete report of the case on Tuesday. Saudi Arabia plays an important role in the oil markets, counters Iran’s influence in the region, and President Trump has repeatedly said he doesn’t want to harm U.S. defense contractors by blocking U.S. arms sales to the kingdom.


Markets

  • Stocks retreated again this week. The S&P 500 fell 3.76% and closed at 2,632.56. The Dow Jones dropped 4.39% and closed at 24,285. Year to date, the S&P is up 0.26% and the Dow Jones is up 0.32.
  • Yields dropped slightly from last week. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes are yielding 2.87% and 3.04%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil fell sharply this week, losing another 11.10% and closing at $50.39 per barrel. Year to date, Oil prices are down 16.17%.
  • The spot price of Gold rose 0.05% this week and closed at $1,223.93 per ounce. Year to date, Gold prices are down 6.06%.

Economic Data

  • Housing starts increased 1.5% in October to 1,228k, and September starts were revised up 9k to 1,210k. The composition of the report was somewhat softer, as the volatile multi-family category increased 10.3% but single-family starts declined 1.8%. Housing starts declined in the Northeast (-34.1%) and West (-4.6%), and increased in the Midwest (+32.9%) and in the South (+4.7%), where there is potential scope for further recovery as the rebound from Hurricane Florence was likely offset by a drag from Hurricane Michael..
  • Existing home sales increased 1.4% month-over-month in October to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 5.22 million units, above expectations and the first increase in 6 months. October home sales increased among single-family units (+0.9%) and among condos and co-ops (+5.3%). Sales rose in the West (+2.8%), South (+1.9%), and Northeast (+1.5%) regions and declined in the Midwest (-0.8%).
  • The University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment declined 0.8pt to 97.5 in the final November report from the preliminary report. The survey’s current conditions (-0.9pt to 112.3) and expectations (-0.6pt to 88.1) components both moved down from their preliminary readings. The report’s measure of 5- to 10- year inflation expectations remained unchanged at 2.6%.
  • In the week ended November 17, initial jobless claims increased by 3k to 224k—the highest level since June—against expectations for a decrease. The four-week moving average of claims increased by 2k to 219k. Jobless claims increased by 3k in California and Texas, and by 2k in Illinois. Claims declined by 2k in New York. Nationwide continuing claims—the number of persons receiving benefits through standard programs—declined 2k to 1,668k in the previous week. The insured unemployment rate remained unchanged on a rounded basis at 1.2%.

Fact of the Week

  • The S&P 500 has gone 46 trading days (as of 11/23) since it last closed at an all-time high. Since a record close on 3/28/13, the longest that the S&P 500 has gone between record closes is 286 trading days, between 5/21/15 and 7/11/16. (Source: BTN Research)

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Saudis, Turkey, Khashoggi: Wealth Economic Update Oct. 26, 2018

U.S. and World News

  • iStock-927165528Saudi Arabia’s handling of the death of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist working for the Washington Post, is under sharp criticism as the story continues to change nearly every day. The latest announcement from Saudi prosecutors was yesterday, when they stated that the killing was in fact premeditated. This morning, President Erdogan of Turkey stated that “Turkey has other information and evidence about the killing by Saudi officials after Khashoggi entered the consulate on October 2nd, and it will eventually reveal that information”. Whether the crown prince of Saudi Arabia knew of the murder and the location of the body are the two mysteries that remain. The incident has put a strain on a long standing strong relationship with the United States and Saudi Arabia.


Markets

  • Stocks plummeted this week as volatility picked up further. The S&P 500 lost 3.93% and closed at 2,659. The Dow Jones fell by 2.97% and closed at 24,688. Year to date, the S&P is up 1.03% and the Dow Jones is up 1.67%.
  • Yields also fell sharply this week as investors piled into bonds this week. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes are yielding 2.91% and 3.08%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil was down for yet another week, losing 2.32% and closing at $67.67 per barrel. Year to date, Oil prices are up 12.58%.
  • The spot price of Gold rose 0.61% this week, and closed at $1,233.95 per ounce. Year to date, Gold prices are down 5.28%.

Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims rose by 5,000 to 215,000 this week. The four-week moving average of claims remained unchanged at 212,000. Claims rose by 4,000 in Florida and by 3,000 in Georgia as a result of Hurricane Michael.
  • Durable goods orders rose by 0.8% in September versus expectations of a -1.5% decrease. This was led by defense aircraft.
    • Durable goods orders ex-transports rose by 0.1% in September versus expectations of a 0.4% increase.
  • Core capital goods orders fell by 0.1% in September versus expectations for a 0.5% increase.
  • New home sales fell 5.5% in September to a seasonally-adjusted rate of 553,000 units versus expectations for 625,000 units. Sales fell the most in the Northeast region (-40.6%).
  • Pending home sales rose by 0.5% in September versus expectations for no change. Pending home sales rose the most in the West region (+4.5%).
  • Real GDP rose by 3.5% in the third quarter, beating expectations of a 3.3% increase.
    • Personal consumption rose by 4.0% versus expectations of 3.3%, the fastest pace since the fourth quarter of 2014.
    • The Core PCE Price index rose by 1.6% in the third quarter versus expectations for a 1.8% increase.
  • The University of Michigan’s index of consumer sentiment fell by 0.4 points to 98.6 in October versus expectations for a reading of 99.0.

Fact of the Week

  • The largest one day decline in the S&P 500 happened on “Black Monday” (10/19/87), when the index dropped 20.5%, equal to 58 points. A 20.5% drop today would be equal to 545 points. The largest one day drop so far this year was 113 points. (Source: BTN Research)

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Interest rates, Midterms, NAFTA, Saudis: Wealth Management Special Update Oct. 26, 2018

Following a largely positive 3rd quarter during which the S&P 500 set a new all-time high, markets have moved sharply lower to begin the month of October. Gains in both the S&P and Dow have been wiped out, while the Nasdaq is clinging to a ~2% gain. The recent weakness has been heaviest in those Nasdaq/Growth stocks which have been leadership for the last few years. While there is no clear cause of the near 10% correction in stocks, there are a number of factors that may be contributing:

  • Recent communication from the Federal Reserve indicates a commitment to further rate hikes which the markets have perceived as too aggressive. To borrow from our research partner Strategas, “The level of interest rates that the economy can take is higher that the interest rate financial markets are comfortable with.” So despite an otherwise strong economy which justifies further rate increases, the markets have responded poorly to the perceived path of hikes. With the recent market downturn, implied odds of a December rate hike have fallen from over 80% to 69%, though the Fed seems intent on one more hike in 2018.
  • ballot-884243522_370October tends to be a weak time seasonally for equity markets, in particular during midterm election years. Markets don’t like uncertainty, so a midterm election that has the potential to swing the balance of power in Congress could be a source of heightened volatility. While there may be some specific industries or sectors that win or lose based on the outcomes, historically the broad market indices rally into year-end following the midterms once the results are clear.
  • Trade continues to be an issue. The USMCA agreement (updated NAFTA), which has been agreed to in principle by the U.S., Mexico and Canada, won’t be voted on until 2019 when the new Congress comes in, raising fears that its passage may be impeded if the Democrats are to take control. The tariff war with China continues on and little to no progress towards a resolution has been made.
  • The situation with Saudi Arabia has intensified and fears of isolation of that country and its potential effect on oil prices is a cause for concern.

Despite these concerns, the underlying fundamental data of the economy remains strong. Growth (GDP), employment and earnings figures continue to be solid and valuations are reasonable. With interest rates rising and the real rate of interest now positive (rates exceed inflation) for the first time since the financial crisis, companies are no long enjoying a near zero cost of capital. This results in more rationed allocations of capital and greater volatility as there is less margin for error for companies from more expensive capital and cash as an asset class is more viable. Increased volatility and lower correlations between assets is likely here to stay throughout the remainder of this cycle and benefits the active management approach.

 

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Brexit, Saudi relations: Wealth Economic Update Oct. 19, 2018

U.S. and World News

  • Brexit negotiations have been a story of two steps forward, one step back and the discussion over the Irish border situation has been a roadblock for reaching a deal. Businesses, consumers, and investors have become increasingly concerned that more delays will only result in unresolved differences. European Union Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier stated that “A Brexit deal with the U.K. is 90% done” while debates continue over the Irish border and Theresa May attempts to create yet another delay and extend the post-Brexit transition period until 2021.
  • saudi-629324102_370Tensions rose rapidly this week between the United States and Saudi Arabia amidst the unexplained sudden disappearance of an American journalist. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Saudi Arabia to meet with King Salman bin Abdulaziz earlier this week to discuss the issue, at which time the King denied allegations that Saudi Arabia orchestrated the disappearance of the American journalist. Reports surfaced during the week stating that Khashoggi was killed as a result of an interrogation that went wrong. President Trump stated that he wants to get to the bottom of what actually happened and if Saudi Arabia is found responsible, that the American response would be “very severe”. Saudi Arabia has shared interests with the United States that include containing Iran and sharing defense contracts.


Markets

  • Stocks were relatively unchanged from last week after another very volatile week. The S&P 500 rose 0.05% and closed at 2,768. The Dow Jones rose by 0.45% and closed at 25,444. Year to date, the S&P is up 5.10% and the Dow Jones is up 4.73%.
  • Yields climbed higher this week. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes are yielding 3.05% and 3.19%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil continued its slide this week, losing 2.89% and closing at $69.28 per barrel. Year to date, Oil prices are up 15.26%.
  • The spot price of Gold rose 0.08% this week, and closed at $1,226.75 per ounce. Year to date, Gold prices are down 5.84%.

Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims fell by 5,000 to 210,000 this week. The four-week moving average of claims increased by 2,000 to 212,000. Claims fell by 4,000 in North Carolina, and by 8,000 in Kentucky.
  • The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index fell by 0.7 points to 22.2 for October versus expectations for a reading of 20.0.
  • Retail sales rose 0.1% month-over-month in September versus expectations for a 0.6% increase. The weaker than expected figure reflects lower sales at gas stations.
    • Retail sales core/control (ex-autos, gasoline, and building materials) increased 0.5% month-over-month in September versus expectations for a 0.4% increase.
  • Job openings increased to 7,136k in August versus expectations for 6,900k.

Fact of the Week

  • In 2008, Japan’s economy was larger that China’s economy ($4.9 trillion vs $4.5 trillion). China’s $12 trillion economy is now more than double that of Japan, who’s economy is $5 trillion. (Source: BTN Research)

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China tariffs, Gasoline: Wealth Economic Update July 23, 2018

U.S. and World News

  • Trade talks with China have stalled after the United States imposed $34 billion worth of tariffs on the country earlier this month. An additional $16 billion is being targeted after the initial $34 billion was met with reciprocity by China almost immediately. President Trump stated in an interview with CNBC this morning that he is ready to go to $500 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese goods if needed. Chinese stocks are down almost 30% since peaking in January amidst the ongoing trade tensions. The European Union is considering retaliatory tariffs on United States coal, pharmaceuticals, and chemical products if restrictions are imposed on European cars. President Trump stated this week that a trade deal with Mexico is currently being negotiated and that a separate one would be crafted with Canada following that.
  • gasoline-504794324The price of WTI Crude oil fell back below $70/barrel this week after Saudi Arabia has begun supplying at least two Asian countries with additional cargoes. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is attempting to lower gas prices before the November elections and is considering using its Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The state of Texas is on its way to becoming the world’s number 3 oil producer behind Russia and Saudi Arabia as the cost of drilling has declined dramatically. Approximately 5.6 million barrels per day is expected to be produced from the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford oilfields alone by 2019.


Markets

  • Stocks finished the week slightly higher. The S&P 500 increased by 0.40% and closed at 2,802. The Dow Jones rose 0.20% and closed at 25,058. Year to date, the S&P is up 5.87% and the Dow Jones is up 2.59%.
  • Yields rose higher this week. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes are yielding 2.77% and 2.90%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil fell this week once again, losing 0.77% and closing at $70.46 per barrel. Year to date, Oil prices are up 17.22%.
  • The spot price of Gold decreased 1.07% this week, closing at $1,230.97 per ounce. Year to date, Gold prices are down 5.51%.


Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims fell by 8,000 to 207,000 this week. The four-week moving average of claims moved down by 2,000 to 221,000. Jobless claims fell by 2,000 in Florida, New Jersey, Oregon, and Tennessee and fell by 4,000 in New York.
  • The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index rose by 5.8 points in July to 25.7 exceeding consensus estimates of 21.5.
  • Housing starts fell by 12.3% in June to 1,173k versus expectations of a 2.2% decline. The June weakness was led by the mult-family category declining by 19.8% during the month.
  • Building permits fell by 2.2% to an annualized rate of 1,273k in June versus expectations of a 2.2% increase.
  • Industrial production rose by 0.6% in June versus consensus expectations of a 0.5 increase. The increase was led by motor vehicle output.
  • Retail Sales increased by 0.5% month-over-month in June meeting expectations. The increase was led by gas stations and auto dealerships.
    • Core Retail Sales ex-autos came in a 0.2% in June versus expectations of a 0.4% increase. Clothing and departing store figures came in lighter than expected.


Fact of the Week

  • On 7/01/18, the price of a barrel of oil was $74.15 while the average price of a gallon of gasoline was $2.85. On 7/01/17 (1 year ago), the price of a barrel of oil was $46.04 while the average price of a gallon of gasoline was $2.24 (source: NYMEX, AAA).

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China tariffs, OPEC: Wealth Economic Update July 6, 2018

U.S. and World News

  • shipping-868192010_370Just after midnight Washington time, a 25% tariff on $34 billion of Chinese goods went into effect as scheduled. Also expected, China hit back with tariffs of the same scale on goods such as soybeans and automobiles. Neither side is showing signs of backing down as the Trump administration is already discussing $16 billion in additional tariffs on Chinese goods. During a rally in Montana on Thursday, President Trump threatened that tariffs on Chinese goods could reach $500 billion, which is almost equal to what the United States imports from China in total. Markets did not react to the tariffs taking affect as investors were aware of the event, however, risk arises from higher prices passed on to companies and consumers.
  • On Saturday, President Trump made an agreement with Saudi Arabia that gives the kingdom a 2 million barrel per day spare capacity output to use if and when necessary, to make up for the lost supply from Iran and Venezuela. OPEC members, particularly Iran, have responded negatively to President Trump’s tweets directed at OPEC. The United States is attempting to stop all allies from importing oil from Iran, while President Trump is directing tweets at OPEC to influence them to lower oil prices. Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander Ismail Kowsari said that Tehran will block oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf if the U.S. bans Iranian oil sales.

Markets

  • Stocks rebounded this week. The S&P 500 increased by 1.56% and closed at 2,760. The Dow Jones rose 0.82% and closed at 24,456. Year to date, the S&P is up 4.23% and the Dow Jones is up 0.10%.
  • Stocks rebounded this week. The S&P 500 increased by 1.56% and closed at 2,760. The Dow Jones rose 0.82% and closed at 24,456. Year to date, the S&P is up 4.23% and the Dow Jones is up 0.10%.
  • Yields fell slightly this week and the yield curve continued to flatten. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes are now yielding 2.72% and 2.82%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil was relatively calmer, losing 0.39% this week and closing at $73.86 per barrel. Year to date, Oil prices are up 22.87%.
  • The spot price of Gold increased 0.20% this week, closing at $1,255.08 per ounce. Year to date, Gold prices are down 3.66%.

Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims rose by 3,000 to 231,000 this week. The four-week moving average of claims moved up by 3,000 to 225,000. Jobless claims fell by 6,000 in California and rose by 2,000 in Ohio and Massachusetts.
  • Private payrolls increased by 177,000 in June versus expectations of a 190,000 increase. The gains were mostly balanced across sectors.
  • The ISM manufacturing index rose by 1.5 points to 60.2 in June against expectations of 58.5. The increase was led by supplier deliveries.
  • The ISM non-manufacturing index rose by 0.5 points to 59.1 against expectations of 58.3. The report was mostly mixed.
  • Nonfarm payrolls rose by 213,000 in June versus consensus expectations of 195,000, and previous months were revised up by a net 37,000. The positive payrolls figure was led by jobs in the manufacturing sector.
    • The unemployment rate came in at 4.0% versus expectations of 3.8%, this was led higher by a higher labor force participation rate.
    • Average hourly earnings rose by 0.2% in June and the year-over-year rate remained at 2.7%. The consensus estimate was for 0.3% in June.
  • The trade deficit declined to -$43.1 billion in May from -$46.1 billion in April. The decline in the trade balance came from non-petroleum categories.

Fact of the Week

  • The S&P 500 has closed at its calendar year high in the second half of the year (i.e., during the 6 months of July-December) 74% of the time since 1950. In 15 of the last 25 years, the index’s calendar year high has occurred during the month of December. The S&P 500 consists of 500 stocks chosen for market size, liquidity, and industry group representation. It is a market value weighted index with each stock’s weight in the index proportionate to its market value (source: BTN Research).

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UK Election, Qatar, Puerto Rico: Wealth Economic Update June 9, 2017

U.S. and World News

  • UKflag-518908074_360The decision to hold snap elections in the United Kingdom seems to have back-fired on Prime Minister Theresa May and her Conservative Party as they lost their majority with the Labour Party gaining significant ground in Thursday’s vote. In April, Theresa May decided to hold the snap general election in an attempt to gain a significant majority for her ahead of the Brexit negotiations but with the poor results there have been calls for her resignation. The split parliament could make Brexit negotiations with the UK’s European Union partners more difficult.
  • Four Arab states (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain) have cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar, as well as closing air and sea routes. This marked a significant escalation of a rift between the Persian Gulf countries that has been brewing for a few months. President Trump stated that he wished to “de-escalate” the situation but appeared to support the isolation of Qatar, noting that his message against funding terror and extremism is being heeded by those other countries in the region.
  • Citizens of Puerto Rico are voting this weekend in a referendum on the island’s political status. There will be three choices on the ballot: statehood, “current territorial status” and independence. It’s not clear what would happen in the case of any of these choices winning decisively or how Congress would interpret the results. This is the island’s fifth referendum since 1898 and comes amid a crippling economic crisis.

Markets

  • Markets were mixed this week. The S&P 500 dropped by 0.27% and closed at 2,432. The Dow Jones gained 0.33% for the week and closed at a New All Time High 21,272. Year to date, the S&P is up 9.57% and the Dow is up 8.84%.
  • Interest rates edged higher this week. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes are now yielding 1.77% and 2.20%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil lost 3.80% this week, closing at $45.85 per barrel. Year to date, Oil prices have fallen 14.65%.
  • The spot price of Gold ended the week higher, closing at $1,267.45 per ounce. Year to date, Gold prices are up 10.45%.

 Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims decreased by 10,000 from last week, coming in at 245,000. Most of the decreases in claims were attributed to California and Tennessee, reversing their increases last week. The four week moving average for claims moved up to 242,000.

Fact of the Week

  • The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) has more than twice the number of listed securities as the NASDAQ exchange (8,500 vs. 3,100). Despite this difference, The NASDAQ, which lists mostly technology companies, averages more than double the daily trading volume of the NYSE (2 billion shares for the NASDAQ vs. 880 million for the NYSE). (Average daily trade volume based on 1-month average figure)

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OPEC, Castro: Wealth Economic Update Dec. 5, 2016

U.S. and World News

  • castro-172756369_320Oil prices rallied this week as OPEC has appeared to come to an agreement to cut production for the first time in eight years following a meeting of its member nations in Vienna this week. Prospects for a harmonious meeting were shaky early on as Saudi Arabia and Iran were initially opposed to cuts and tensions between Russia and OPEC flared up. Even with an agreement in place, questions still remain regarding the implementation and monitoring of production cuts given the cartel’s history of not always honoring these types of agreements.
  • Former President of Cuba, Fidel Castro, died at the age of 90 last week. His brother, Raul, who has been in the President of the still Communist nation since 2008, is tasked with the continuation of U.S.-Cuba relations which have softened in the last year as the U.S. embargo on the country was lifted by President Obama. President-Elect Trump has been critical of re-establishing diplomatic ties with Cuba and may be willing to reverse those policies.
  • Protests in South Korea have intensified as more than 1 million people gathered to rally against President Park Guen-hye and call for her impeachment. This was the 5th consecutive week of mass protests in Seoul. Park is embroiled in a corruption scandal that has paralyzed her government for weeks, leading her to request a shorter term from parliament and relinquishing some of her powers. Her opposition, however, believes this is a tactic to avoid impeachment and is attempting to put an impeachment motion up for vote in the coming weeks.

Markets

  • This week the S&P 500 decreased 0.91% and closed at 2,192. The Dow Jones rose 0.22% and closed at 19,170. So far in 2016, the S&P is up 9.31% and the Dow is up 12.65%.
  • Interest rates paused from the dramatic increase they have seen in recent weeks. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes now yield 1.82% and 2.38%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil spiked 12.20% this week on reports of an agreement by OPEC to cut production. Oil closed at $51.68 per barrel. WTI Crude is up 29.04% in 2016.
  • The spot price of Gold fell 0.52% this week, closing at $1,177.43 per ounce. Year to date, gold prices are up 10.96%.

Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims came in at 268,000, an increase from last week’s reading of 251,000. The claims figure may have been higher this reading due to the Thanksgiving holiday last week. The four week moving average for claims moved up to 252,000.
  • The monthly employment report for November showed job gains of 178,000, slightly lower than consensus estimates of 180,000. The prior two months’ employment numbers were revised down a combined 2,000 jobs, bringing the three month average for job gains to 176,000.
    • The headline unemployment rate fell 0.3% to a new cyclical low of 4.6%, lower than estimates of 4.9%. Part of this decline in the unemployment rate can be explained by a 0.1% decline in the labor force participation rate to 62.7%.
    • The wage component of the report was disappointing as average hourly earnings declined 0.1%, compared to expectations of a 0.2% increase. Year-over-year wage growth is now down to 2.5%.
  • The Case-Shiller home price index rose 0.4% for September, in line with expectations. Prices rose in all 20 cities that are part of the index. Home prices have now risen 5.1% over the last 12 months.
  • The PCE price index (measure of inflation) rose by 0.2% in October, in line with expectations. Headline prices as measured by the PCE index have now risen 1.4% over the last 12 months.
    • Core PCE (excludes food and energy, Fed’s preferred inflation measure) rose by 0.1% in October, also in line with consensus. Core PCE prices have now risen 1.7% over the last 12 months, still a bit below the Fed’s 2% target.

Fact of the Week

  • The national homeownership rate in the U.S. as of September 30th was 63.5%. This is down from the peak level of 69.2% seen on 12/31/2004. Every 1% reduction in the homeownership rate represents 1.2 million households that have changed from homeownership to renter status. (Source: Census Bureau)

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EU/Saudi bonds: Wealth Economic Update Oct 24, 2016

U.S. and World News

  • The European Central Bank elected to take no further action following their policy meeting this week, disappointing investors who had hope for further clarification on the central bank’s plan of action. At a news conference, ECB President Mario Draghi said that policy maker’s hadn’t even discussed whether to extend its €80 billion per moth bond-purchase program which is due to end in March 2017.
  • saudi_arabia_riyhad_66106939_340Saudi Arabia tapped the global debt markets for the first time this week, selling $17.5 billion in sovereign bonds. The bond issue had high demand as banks and investors flocked to buy debt issued by the emerging market country. In fact, it’s reported that the country received orders totaling $67 billion. The sale of bonds is part of the Saudi’s plan to open up its $650 billion economy to global investment and reduce its over-reliance on oil in the face of lower prices.

Markets

  • This week the S&P 500 rose 0.41% and closed at 2,141. The Dow Jones rose 0.09% and closed at 18,146. So far in 2016, the S&P is up 6.52% and the Dow is up 6.28%.
  • Interest rates edged down slightly this week. The 5 year and 10 year U.S. Treasury Notes are now yielding 1.24% and 1.74%, respectively.
  • The spot price of WTI Crude Oil was up 0.39% this week to close at $50.95 per barrel. WTI Crude is up 16.24% in 2016.
  • The spot price of Gold rose 1.23% this week, closing at $1,266.46 per ounce. Year to date, gold prices are up 19.35%.

Economic Data

  • Initial jobless claims came in at 260,000, an increase from last week’s reading of 246,000. The Labor Department noted that claims may have been distorted by a bounce back from the effects of Hurricane Matthew which led to closures of filing offices in affected regions in previous weeks. The four week moving average for claims moved up to 251,750.
  • The headline Consumer Price Index rose 0.3% in September, in line with expectations. This was boosted by a 2.9% increase in energy prices. Over the last year, headline prices have risen 1.5%.
    • Core CPI (excludes food and energy) rose 0.1% in September, below estimates of 0.2%. Over the last 12 months, Core prices are up 2.2%.
  • Housing starts declined -9.0% in September, substantially missing expectations of a 2.8% gain. The composition of the housing starts was less negative than indicated by the headline figure as the more volatile multifamily category declined 38.0% in the month while more stable single family home starts rose by 8.2%.
  • Existing home sales increased by 3.2% in September, beating expectations of a 0.4% increase. September saw a 4.1% increase in single family starts which more than offset the -3.2% decline in the volatile multi-family home sales category.

Fact of the Week

  • American families in the bottom 50% of pre-tax household income are expected to receive 17.7% of national income in 2017. American families in the top 1% of pre-tax household income are expected to receive 15.4% national income in 2017. (Source: Treasury Department)

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