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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.
Which Sectors Are Worried about Rising US–China Trade Tensions? Most of the $200.0 billion in Chinese imports targeted by the next round of tariffs are expected to include consumer products. With the additional $267.0 billion in product tariffs proposed by President Trump, these tariffs could eventually cover almost all imports from China.
Among the emerging market (VEU) currencies, the Argentinian peso, Turkish (TUR) lira, Indonesia rupiah, and Indian rupee are declining to all-time lows. The US dollar is also strengthening against all major currencies, including those of emerging markets. As the US dollar strengthens and interest rates rise, the cost of servicing US debt for other countries goes up.
The Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI) recently became the third US-listed exchange traded fund to reach $100 billion in assets under management. The other two are S&P 500 tracking ETFs, but for some investors VTI and other total market funds could be better alternatives to the S&P 500. A year ago, VTI had about $82 billion in assets under management.
For many investors, a crucial aspect of the exchange-traded fund (ETF) is its user-friendly nature. This way of thinking, as well as the low costs and steady returns generally associated with ETFs as a group of investment opportunities, have prompted massive growth in the industry. Indeed, in just a few years, ETFs have ballooned into a multi-trillion dollar market.
What Does the Market Expect from the August Jobs Report? The unemployment rate for July fell 0.1% sequentially to 3.9%, its lowest point in nearly 18 years. The Fed is forecasting an unemployment rate of 3.5% by the end of this year.
The August figures for the US (VTI) employment situation from the US Department of Labor are due on September 7. For the past few months, the financial markets have been reacting sharply to the US jobs report numbers, which help shape the outlook regarding the Fed’s rate hike path. While August’s job report is important to watch for several reasons, most market participants believe that it won’t change the prospects of a rate hike in the Fed’s September policy meeting.
Import tariffs on a further $200 billion worth of imports from China would mark a major escalation in trade conflicts. China has announced that it will retaliate on about $60 billion worth of US imports. Until now, the markets have mostly shrugged off trade tensions, considering them temporary and a negotiating tactic used by President Trump.
The Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI) continues cementing its status as one of the largest US-listed exchange traded funds. Recently, the venerable VTI topped $100 billion in assets under management, becoming just third ETF to do so. The other ETFs to accomplish that feat are the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) and the iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV) .