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MARKET COMMENTARY — Trade War Becomes Currency War
The market dropped in May but rebounded in June and July. August is off to an alarming start because of new complications in the trade war between the United States and China. On July 31st, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Chinese were approaching trade negotiations with a new tactic: Slow down. They wanted to appear to be willing to negotiate but insiders revealed that the Chinese now believe the US economy is slowing while the Chinese economy has already bottomed, so their negotiating power will increase in time. They also believe there is a chance a Democratic candidate will be elected in 2020 who may not be as confrontational as President Trump while negotiating (Source: https://www.wsj.com/articles/slow-progress-in-trade-talks-is-partly-a-result-of-chinas-new-tactic-to-wait-1156457495).
President Trump did not enjoy the report, and quickly reacted with a new set of tariffs. The previous tariffs were carefully crafted to avoid pinching the overall economy. The new tariffs impose a tax on nearly all $540 Billion of Chinese goods that come into the US in a year (Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/02/us/trump-china-trade-war-tariffs.html). In response, China weakened their currency and has suspended all purchases of US agricultural products.
What does this mean for your portfolios: The good news is that we were prepared for market turmoil within our managed TD Ameritrade portfolios. We encourage you log in to TD Ameritrade to see your own performance, but just in a few weeks the S&P 500 lost 6.24%, while our in-house managed portfolios were positive across the board during that time period. We cannot predict politics. We do however pay for independent research that tells us what the most likely scenario for the market will be over the intermediate and longer term. We do not always get it right, but we do try to reduce risk when we see signs of danger.
Here’s a quote from our June Market Commentary report: “Our best research is saying that the market should be sluggish this summer overall because of the trade disputes and the positive effects of last year’s tax cuts wearing off, but there’s a decent chance that the market will pick up in the fall.” This is still our position. We will continue to monitor corporate profits and see if the economy is going to continue slowing from that perspective. Our best research is saying August and even September may be rocky, but we’ll be on guard to find investments that are “on-sale” whenever we can. We’re hopeful that everything will rebound in the fall.
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Since the federal government began tracking data in 1895, the 12-month period ending on April 30, 2019, was the wettest on record for the lower 48 states. Source: -NCEI, June 6, 2019
In every case going back to 1971, when the Fed began a new easing cycle while the economy was expanding, stocks went up three months, six months, nine months and 12 months later. No exceptions. Source: -Forbes, July 15, 2019
There are now 1.2 million more job openings in the U.S. than there are unemployed Americans. Source: -Associated Press, May 7, 2019
The dollar volume of homes purchased by foreign buyers from April 2018 through March of 2019 dropped 36%. Foreigners bought 183,100 properties down from 266,800 in the previous period. Source: -CNBC, July 17, 2019
Centenarians, those living to (or beyond) the age of 100, now number 82,000 up from 50,000 in 2002. Those 100-plus are America’s second-fastest growing age group, just after those 85 and older. Source: -WSJ, May 20, 2019
Today, coffee is selling at $0.89 per pound, which is down from a peak of $2.20 a pound in 2015. The National Coffee Association estimates that the cost of producing one pound of coffee is $1.93. Source: -NumLock News, June 13, 2019
Americans will spend more time on their mobile devices than watching TV this year for the first time ever. The average adult will spend 3 hours 43 minutes a day on a mobile device compared to 3 hours and 35 minutes watching TV. Source: -MarketWatch, June 6, 2019
Of the 20 times stocks have rallied in the first six months of the year by more than 10%, the S&P 500 has gone on to average a return of 7.5% in the final six months. Source: -CNBC, July 5, 2019
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