The Daily Shot Brief – July 17th, 2018

Greetings,   The United States: The U. Michigan business conditions index suggests moderation in business activity. Below, the U.Michigan’s indicator is compared with the ISM composite index.   China: China’s consumer is becoming a greater component of the GDP growth. But is consumption overstated?   Global Developments: Surveys point to robust investment growth across advanced …

The Daily Shot Brief – July 12th, 2018

Greetings,   The United States: Economists continue to forecast productivity improvements as business investment grows.   China: Here is Fathom’s China economic momentum indicator.   Global Developments: The global inflation news flow index remains elevated.   Equity Markets: Trading volumes are up this year.   Emerging Markets: Argentina’s central bank is keeping its benchmark rate at 40%. …

The Daily Shot Brief – July 11th, 2018

Greetings,   The United States: Below is a chart of US consumer inflation distribution by item. Both “tails” are on the rise. IIF attributes the lower tail to the “Amazon effect.” The upper tail, however, shows “signs of overheating.”   China: Beijing is increasingly concerned about the nation’s rising dollar-denominated debt. It limits the government’s ability …

The Daily Shot Brief – July 9th, 2018

Greetings,   The United States: Most FOMC members now see the risks to the GDP and inflation as “broadly balanced.”   Asia: Asia’s financial conditions have tightened substantially.   Global Developments: The average unemployment rate in the OECD nations is at the lowest level in decades.   Equity Markets: Merrill Lynch’s private clients still hold extremely low levels …

The Daily Shot Brief – July 5th, 2018

Greetings,   The United States: At first glance, US household balance sheets appear to be stronger than those in Canada (household credit as a percentage of the GDP). However, when unincorporated business loans are taken into account, the situation changes. Many Americans are indebted via their sole proprietorships, etc. (effectively personal loans for business purposes). …

The Daily Shot Brief – July 3rd, 2018

Greetings,   The United States: The US Chamber of Commerce performed a state-by-state analysis of the tariff retaliations’ impact on US exports. Here is the full map   China: China is trying to boost its fledgling semiconductor industry by stealing intellectual property from Taiwan.   Global Developments: Here is how the trade war escalation will begin to have …