The Daily Shot Brief – February 12th, 2018




The United States: According to Moody’s, “the US already stands out as one of the most highly leveraged governments.” Moreover, leverage and the interest burden are both expected to spike over the next decade (second chart below). The only thing that keeps the rating agencies from downgrading US federal debt (for now) is the strength, the diversification, and the flexibility of the US economy

Source: Moody’s Investors Service
Source: Moody’s Investors Service


Equity Markets: Stock investors remain concerned about the US economy overheating, pushing inflation and rates higher. That’s why the correlation between economic activity and the stock market has broken down.

Source: BofAML


Rates: Oil prices are starting to pull inflation expectations lower.

Source: Bloomberg


The United Kingdom: The trade balance in goods continues to deteriorate.

Source: The Daily Shot


Energy Markets: US natural gas futures have tanked again on warmer weather expectations.

Source: National Weather Service


Cryptocurrencies: Below is an infographic on relative financial transaction speeds.

Source: @howmuch_net ; Read full article


Food for Thought: Boys and girls’ science career expectations.

Source: @OECDEduSkills; Read full article


Edited by Joseph N Cohen

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