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November marked the second straight month of investors’ bearishness with 44% of them believing that global economic growth will decelerate in the next 12 months. It believes that investor sentiment could take a sudden turn for the worse. While 16% of investors surveyed in October thought that the stock market has peaked, the number increased to 30% in November.
As the trade war between the United States (SPY) (VTI) and China (FXI) continues to escalate, China’s growth prospects are expected to be more affected than those of the United States. The impact is also visible in the country’s trade and economic data.
The unemployment rate for September declined by 0.2 percentage points to 3.7% compared to expectations of 3.8%. In August, the unemployment rate was 3.9%. The labor force participation rate remained unchanged at 62.7%.
The Department of Labor is scheduled to release October data on US (VTI) employment on November 2. For the past few months, financial markets have been reacting sharply to the US jobs report numbers. Plus, the markets have been especially jittery lately due to interest rate hike fears, and the job numbers can give clues about the Fed’s future monetary policy. Therefore, investors should understand the expectations for the report before the actual numbers come out. The October jobs report could be important data for the Fed to consider before its December policy meeting, where the committee is expected to raise rates (TLT) by another 25 basis points in addition to the three hikes it already made in 2018.
Can Iron Ore Maintain Its Price Momentum amid China's Slowdown? China’s manufacturing growth in October was at its weakest level in over two years. The PMI reading for China was the lowest since July 2016.
If you ask Warren Buffett about what stocks to own, he’ll tell you you are better off looking for low-cost index funds to buy like the Vanguard S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:VOO) or the mutual fund version, the Vanguard 500 Index Fund (MUTF:VFINX).
Cleveland-Cliffs (CLF) has come a long way with respect to its debt levels. The company’s change in management in 2014 and its focus on debt reduction have somewhat allayed investors’ concerns. During the Q2 2018 earnings call, Cleveland-Cliffs maintained that bringing its net debt below $1 billion is its second priority, after the focus on the HBI (hot-briquetted iron) plant.
According to the latest BAML (Bank of America Merrill Lynch) survey, investors’ outlook for economic growth has worsened further. In August, a net 7% of the managers surveyed expected global growth to slow down next year. In September, a net 24% of the managers surveyed expected global growth to slow down in the next 12 months.
The International Monetary Fund (or IMF) cut its estimates for global growth for this year and for 2019, citing trade tensions between the US and its trading partners. It now estimates the global growth will come in at 3.7% in 2018 as compared to its previous estimate of 3.9%. The “World Economic Outlook” report is published twice a year, in April and October.
The Fed’s interest rate hikes and outlook, trade war concerns, and relatively better US market (SPY) (QQQ) performance as compared to the rest of the world are the major factors driving the dollar up. This rise in the dollar has put sustained pressure on gold (GLD) and other precious metals year-to-date.
Diversifying portfolios away from U.S. stocks is important, but not a cure-all, writes Mark Hulbert.
Although the United States, Canada, and Mexico have agreed to a new deal to replace NAFTA, the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs remain in place for Canada and Mexico. While the Trump administration had linked the lifting of Section 232 tariffs to the NAFTA renegotiation, Canada and Mexico had sought to delink the two. The Section 232 tariffs might be more complicated than renegotiating NAFTA.
The unemployment rate for August was unchanged at 3.9%, which was higher than economists’ expectations of 3.8%. The Fed expects unemployment of 3.5% by the end of 2018. According to the consensus, economists expect the unemployment rate to fall to 3.8% in September from 3.9% in August.
The Department of Labor is scheduled to release the September figures for the US (VTI) employment situation on October 5. For the past few months, the financial markets have been reacting sharply to the US jobs report numbers. The numbers give clues regarding the future of the monetary policy followed by the Fed. Therefore, investors should understand the expectations for the report before the actual numbers come out.
US steel production is the key factor that drives US steelmakers’ (SLX)(XME) revenues. Investors track production data to get a sense of the direction of overall volumes. AK Steel (AKS) and ArcelorMittal (MT) are among Cleveland-Cliffs’ (CLF) key customers.
Many market participants expect the economy to weaken in 2019. Investors are concerned that the Fed isn’t clear on the neutral policy rate. The concern is that the Fed might keep hiking the rates until something actually breaks in the economy.
Are you the sort of investor who embraces the buy-and-hold strategy, preferring to do your due diligence up front and then let the returns accumulate over time? In fact, he made a point of requesting that 90% of the money he leaves his wife when he dies be invested in an S&P 500 index fund. Of course, you don't have to park all your money in an S&P 500 fund. In fact, most experts recommend some diversification.
The Fed is scheduled to meet on September 25–26. The Fed is widely expected to raise rates by 25 basis points during the meeting. The Fed’s minutes from the last meeting suggested that a September rate hike is more or less certain.
In what may be just what the scuffling marketplace of exchange traded fund focusing on environmental, social and governance principles needs, Vanguard entered the ESG ETF arena Sept. 19 with two new products. ...
While fund managers are bullish on US equities (SPY) (VTI), there’s still concern in the market. In the BAML (Bank of America Merrill Lynch) September 2018 survey, trade war concerns were cited as the top concern among global fund managers for five of the past seven months. About 43% of the fund managers surveyed cited a trade war as their top tail risk.
The BAML (Bank of America Merrill Lynch) September survey indicated that investors’ outlook for economic growth has worsened. In August, a net 7% of the managers surveyed expected global growth to slow down next year. In September, the percentage climbed steeply to 24%. That makes it the worst outlook on the global economy since December 2011.