Strategic Global Intelligence Brief for September 27, 2019

By Chris Kuehl, Ph.D., NACM Economist Short Items of Interest—U.S. Economy Have Trump's Attacks on Fed Worked? The relationship between the Fed and Trump has been odd from the very beginning. Upon taking office, Trump had the opportunity to pack the Fed as there was only one holdover from the Yellen Fed—Lael Brainard. Trump's choices were quite mai...
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Strategic Global Intelligence Brief for September 25, 2019

By Chris Kuehl, Ph.D., NACM Economist — Short Items of Interest—U.S. Economy — Home Price Increase Slowing Down The housing market is one of the most important economic sectors for a variety of reasons. The home is usually the biggest investment and store of value that a person has. The whole process of building, selling, furnishing and maintaining...
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Strategic Global Intelligence Brief for September 23, 2019

By Chris Kuehl, Ph.D., NACM Economist — Short Items of Interest— U.S. Economy — Who Pays for Those Tariffs? By now, we have become accustomed to Trump's habit of doubling down on a subject even when proven wrong. He still insists China will be paying the costs of the tariff and that is 100% untrue. This is not a tax on China—it is a tax on the impo...
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Strategic Global Intelligence Brief for September 20, 2019

By Chris Kuehl, Ph.D., NACM Economist — Short Items of Interest—U.S. Economy — Political Divisions Mirror Economic Ones For decades, the U.S. managed to avoid some of the striation that has long characterized Europe. The majority of the country was more or less on the same page economically, but those days are over, and perhaps permanently. The Dem...
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Strategic Global Intelligence Brief for September 18, 2019

By Chris Kuehl, Ph.D., NACM Economist — Short Items of Interest—U.S. Economy — Another Rate Cut in the Offing Today, the Fed will lower the Fed Funds rate by another quarter point as they have been expected to do for the last few weeks. There has been nothing to suggest inflation is becoming an issue and even more ammunition for those who see some ...
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Strategic Global Intelligence Brief for September 16, 2019

By Chris Kuehl, Ph.D., NACM Economist — Short Items of Interest—U.S. Economy — So Much for That Cheap Oil At one point, the price per barrel of crude jumped by almost 20% before settling down a little, but the increase was still the largest seen in one day in the last 30 years. The attack on the Saudi oil fields has been expected for years, but it ...
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Strategic Global Intelligence Brief for September 13, 2019

Short Items of Interest—U.S. Economy Growth of 3% This Year? No Way It is dangerous for political leaders to predict what is going to happen in the economy, but for a variety of reasons, they persist. It is expected of them to do so, but in the end, they are nearly always wrong. Trump has been asserting that his policies would bring growth of at le...
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Strategic Global Intelligence Brief for September 9, 2019

By Chris Kuehl, Ph.D., NACM Economist Short Items of Interest—U.S. Economy Global Debt Is Rising Concern In the years since the financial crisis that led to the recession, there had been an assumption this miserable experience would convince those in the business and financial community to be more cautious about debt. It was also assumed this exper...
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Strategic Global Intelligence Brief for September 6, 2019

By Chris Kuehl, Ph.D., NACM Economist — Short Items of Interest—U.S. Economy — Job Growth a Little Disappointing — It wasn't a bad jobs report, but it wasn't a great one either. The expectation had been there would be another 160,000 to 180,000 jobs added, but the reported number was just 130,000. This is not bad; however, this is the time of year ...
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Strategic Global Intelligence Brief for September 4, 2019

By Chris Kuehl, Ph.D., NACM Economist — Short Items of Interest—U.S. Economy — Climate Change and the 2020 Elections Despite what already seems like an endless campaign, the various candidates are still casting about to find the issues that will most motivate the voters by next November. There has been lots of attention paid to health care, income ...
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Strategic Global Intelligence Brief for August 30, 2019

By Chris Kuehl, Ph.D., NACM Economist — Short Items of Interest—U.S. Economy — Longer-Term Attitude Towards China It has become increasingly obvious that there will be no "return to normal" with China regardless of what happens in next year's election. From the end of the Second World War until the early 2000s, there was no doubt where China stood....
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Strategic Global Intelligence Brief for August 28, 2019

By Chris Kuehl, Ph.D., NACM Economist — Short Items of Interest—U.S. Economy — Disaster Relief It would not seem that providing assistance to those who have been affected by natural disasters would be controversial, but in nearly every case the process is fraught with controversy. The most common issue is the ability of the recipients to handle the...
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Strategic Global Intelligence Brief for August 26, 2019

By Chris Kuehl, Ph.D., NACM Economist — Short Items of Interest—U.S. Economy — Decent News Expected from Durable Goods Data By the time you read this the Commerce Department will have released the latest durable goods numbers. Most expect them to show another month of improvement—even as the aerospace sector continues to grapple with the issues sur...
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Strategic Global Intelligence Brief for August 23, 2019

By Chris Kuehl, Ph.D., NACM Economist Short Items of Interest—U.S. Economy China Retaliates As expected, the Chinese have reacted to the U.S. tariff threats and imposed their own tariffs on another $75 billion worth of U.S. goods. The U.S. has indicated it will impose tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese imports into the U.S. The announced tari...
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Strategic Global Intelligence Brief for August 21, 2019

By Chris Kuehl, Ph.D., NACM Economist Short Items of Interest—U.S. Economy Hawks and Doves at the Fed The latest Fed minutes confirm what had already been concluded. There is far from unanimity on the subject of interest rate cuts at the Fed. Two of the members of the Open Market committee dissented from the decision to make the quarter point cut (...
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Strategic Global Intelligence Brief for August 19, 2019

By Chris Kuehl, Ph.D., NACM Economist Short Items of Interest—U.S. Economy Market Reactions All sorts of issues are affecting the markets as the week begins. The rally last week was due to the latest veer in the Trump tariff policy. The investing community has started to take the threats of more and more tariff activity as "all bark and no bite." T...
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Strategic Global Intelligence Brief for August 16, 2019

By Chris Kuehl, Ph.D., NACM Economist — Short Items of Interest—U.S. Economy: Delayed but Not Forgotten — The threat to impose a raft of new tariffs on goods from China was delayed until December, but not all of the affected goods have been given that reprieve. There will be tariffs imposed on a wide range of consumer goods—everything from apparel ...
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Strategic Global Intelligence Brief for August 14, 2019

By Chris Kuehl, Ph.D., NACM Economist — Short Items of Interest—U.S. Economy: Is Inflation Finally Starting to Ramp Up? — Certainly nobody is talking about runaway prices, but for two months in a row, there has been an increase of 0.3% in the readings for the Consumer Price Index. The hikes have been broad-based as well and have occurred even as so...
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Strategic Global Intelligence Brief for August 12, 2019

By Chris Kuehl, Ph.D., NACM Economist — Short Items of Interest—U.S. Economy:  Housing Market Shift — It is hardly news that the housing market is local at its heart. At any given time, there will be hot markets and cold ones. The overall pace of housing has been slower of late, but there are still many places experiencing high demand. This ma...
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Strategic Global Intelligence Brief for August 9, 2019

By Chris Kuehl, Ph.D., NACM Economist — Short Items of Interest—U.S. Economy — ​ Change in Nomenclature — For several months, it has been hard to define just what kind of conflict the U.S. and China were engaged in. There was always an assumption that much of the confrontation was essentially political theater. At some point, both Presidents Trump ...
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