The Daily Shot Brief – November 17th, 2017

Greetings,   The United States: Small businesses increasingly see their local economic conditions as being better than the national situation.   Unrelated:  The probability of two Fed rate hikes between now and the end of the first quarter rose above 50%.   China: China’s outbound investment dipped, as Beijing clamps down on large foreign acquisitions.   …

The Daily Shot Brief – November 14th, 2017

Greetings,   The United States: Here is the breakdown of the US labor-force participation rate decline since 2008. The “change due to behavior” includes trends such as higher college enrollment rates, etc.   China: Growth in fixed-asset investment is also slowing. Here is the split between private and public activity (public fixed investment is the …

The Daily Shot Brief – November 13th, 2017

Greetings,   The United States: This chart shows the homeownership and vacancy rates by region. Rental vacancies in the western part of the US are still declining.   Credit: European sub-investment-grade debt yields rose sharply from record lows.   Japan: Foreigners have been buying Japanese stocks.   Equity Markets: The debt ceiling is coming up again …