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Labor Data Dependent

By |2019-09-10T17:22:47-04:00September 10th, 2019|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Right now, everything comes down to the labor market. Does the US economy hang on despite stubborn and evidently non-transitory overseas turmoil cross currents? Or do American consumers rightly confident of the economic situation re-assert themselves via their wallets and deliriously spend the economy back on track? You better believe Fed Chairman Jay Powell will [...]

Weakening Labor Market Now In All The Data

By |2019-08-06T12:10:20-04:00August 6th, 2019|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

The JOLTS series had always been a seemingly superfluous set of labor numbers for the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The agency wanted to go deeper into employment when it originally presented these other series in 2002. The unemployment rate seemed accurate enough, but it came at the labor market solely from the view of [...]

The Unemployment Rate Has Been Left Even Lonelier

By |2019-06-10T17:59:23-04:00June 10th, 2019|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

The unemployment rate has been maybe the loneliest of numbers. That didn’t quite mean it was entirely alone. Of the major economic accounts, only the JOLTS series and only one part of that series suggested the big mainstream employment indicator was anywhere close to accurate. Job Openings (JO) have been surging as if companies are [...]

Labor Slowdown Already; Another Account Falls In Line of May 29

By |2019-04-11T16:36:54-04:00April 11th, 2019|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

May 29. May 29. May 29. It keeps showing up everywhere. Not only does it appear as an inflection on so many important market charts, we keep finding it in economic accounts, too. There is so much to corroborate what can only have been a real and striking event. This contrasts, of course, with the [...]