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HA – Here’s What Moved the Markets in September 2019

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September 3 PMI came in a 50.3, slightly higher than the expected 49.9, but lower than July’s 50.4–overall this index reading is still within a 10-year low. ISM manufacturing drop below 50 to 49.1 in August indicates that a rate cut in September will be more likely, possibly as large as a 50 basis points....
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Key Economic Events That Moved the Markets in August 2019

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Trading in August was extremely volatile, dominated by the back-and-forth US-China trade war rhetoric, bond yields inverting and signaling possible recession, and general fears of a decline in global growth. Daily Chart of the S&P 500 Index from August 1  to August 30, 2019 August 1 Indices continued to fall sharply. As Fed Chair Jerome...
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Key Economic Events That Moved the Markets in July 2019

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S&P 500 from July 1 to July 31, 2019 July 1 Stock indices advanced upon open with the S&P 500 reaching a new record high. Despite a lower close, the opening market rally was likely supported by the G20 summit’s promising news that President Trump and China’s President Xi agreed to restart trade talks. PMI...
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Key Economic Events That Moved the Markets in June 2019

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With the big news of gold reaching six-year highs (paralleling the rise in the broader stock market) and the biggest anticipation being the G20 summit, the global reflation scenario remains on track, with easier credit conditions from most of the world’s central banks, including the Federal Reserve, to be expected in the near future, a...
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HA – Economic Factors That Moved the Market in March 2019

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Markets overall showed signs of stabilization following the Federal Reserve’s shift toward a more dovish stance. Fourth quarter real GDP clocked some growth at 2.2%, though lower than the initial 2.6% growth expected in February. Uncertainties over tariffs and the trade dispute with China continue to exert pressure on growth prospects. The question that seems...
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HA – Economic Factors That Moved the Market in February 2019

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A solid start to earnings season, the Federal Reserve’s change in tone, and US-China trade talks were the major factors contributing to the market’s sharp rally in February. December losses may still be fresh on investors’ minds, but the Fed’s more accommodative turn, a blowout employment report, strong S&P earnings, and positive outlook on trade...
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HA – Key Economic Events That Moved the Market in January 2019

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Following the volatility and cumulative declines of 2018, markets in January experienced a welcome relief. In addition to the government shutdown’s resolution on January 25, the US Federal Reserve also signalled its sensitivity to market response by halting further rate increases which triggered positive sentiment in the markets. The easing rhetoric between US and China...
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Meet Brian Schad

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Today I represent my clients best interests in the commodity futures markets as a LEAD BY EXAMPLE commodity trading consultant, educator, and newsletter publisher that was a high placing finisher in the 2014 Altegris Int’l CTA Trading Competition. Schad Commodity is a member of the National Introducing Brokers Association. I am also an active advisor,...
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