30 June 2020

1) The Boeing Aircraft Co. has started it re-certification process for the 737 MAX with the take off of a test aircraft for the first flight. An FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) pilot was on board as test flights begin, to determine if the aircraft is safe for flying with passengers. The first flight test is to fly maneuvers for about three hours, the test craft being fitted with a number of instruments and monitoring equipment to test and record how the aircraft performs. Test include the ‘wind-up turn’ which is a steep turn that essentially approaches a stall, with wings almost at 90 degrees of bank. This maneuver should trigger the Boeing software system that played a role in both crashes, which caused the aircraft design to be grounded. The software caused the aircraft’s nose to be repeatedly pointed downward at the ground until pilots lost control. These certification flights are expected to take approximately three days, and while they are an important milestone, there remains a number of key tasks to be completed.

2) According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 47.2% of American adults are now jobless, almost half the adult population. This is a direct result of losing 30 million jobs because of the coronavirus crisis. While there was an unexpected snap back in May, there are now signs of a slowdown in the labor market improvement because of fears of a Convid-19 resurgence increased these last few weeks. The massive loss of jobs is what is now dragging the economy down. Both Texas and Florida have paused plans for further reopening because of a record spike in coronavirus cases.

3) Lending institutions are pulling back sharply on their lending to U.S. consumers during the pandemic, because they can’t tell who is creditworthy anymore. There are millions of Americans out of work and behind on their debts, but many of these missed payments aren’t reflected in credit scores. This is a result of the government’s stimulus package which allows borrowers to defer their debt payments, but credit companies can’t report these late payments to credit reporting companies. For May, there were more than 100 million accounts with deferred debt payments. This is a sign of widespread financial distress.

4) Stock market closings for – 29 JUN 20:

Dow 25,595.80 up 580.25
Nasdaq 9,874.15 up 116.93
S&P 500 3,053.24 up 44.19

10 Year Yield: unchanged at 0.64%

Oil: up at $39.55


By: Economic & Finance Report

The U.S. unemployment rate has fallen to 3.9%, the lowest it has been in over a decade. The economy is doing tremendously well and analyst/economists are stating wage inflation are on the horizon, while the actual wage inflation is rising slightly.

American job employers are sitting on a lot of jobs though, not able to find qualified workers as shown in the past. The Job & Labor Report released last Tuesday, May 8, 2018; by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (US Dept of Labor), indicated that 6.6 million jobs were added in the last day of March 2018. Jobs increased from the beginning of March 2018, where it was around 4.6 million jobs to the end of March, which became 6.6 million jobs.

Economists have indicated with the inflation rising, the Federal Reserve may be more determined to raise interest rates because the job market and the economy is healthy. With an accelerating economy and the labor markets doing good, one can expect the The Fed to be monitoring the situations accordingly. -SB

Bureau of Statistics: U.S. Department of Labor (https://www.bls.gov/news.release/jolts.nr0.htm)