24 March 2020

1) The International Monetary Fund stated the global recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic could be worse than the global financial crisis of 2008-9. However, the world economic output should recover in 2021 because of the extraordinary fiscal actions already being taken by many countries and their central banks. But for a 2021 recovery, countries need to prioritize containment and strengthen health systems.

2) The U.S. is entering a recession, but the ultimate fear is a protracted malaise akin to a depression. Some prominent economy watchers are drawing comparisons to the Great Depression, although falling short of forecasting another one, based on the fact that the world has not seen a synchronized interruption in economic output in decades as was seen with the Great Depression. The U.S. will suffer a huge economic contraction as businesses close and Americans stay home, with some estimates that the economy will have the worst quarter since 1947.

3) Most U.S. small businesses have only days to stay afloat amid the coronavirus crisis. Only about half of the 30 million small businesses in America have a 15 day cash reserve needed to survive. The shelter in place orders have cut business revenues to near zero almost over night. Particularly hard hit is the service industries such as restaurants, landscaping, personal services and salons. These small businesses employ about 60 million people, or half of American’s work force. Many of the businesses were already operating on razor thin margins before the virus crisis. With so little cash reserves, they are forced to immediately reduce hours or layoff employees to survive.

4) Stock market closings for – 23 MAR 20:

Dow 18,591.93 down 582.05
Nasdaq 6,860.67 down 18.84
S&P 500 2,237.40 down 67.52

10 Year Yield: down at 0.76%

Oil: up at $24.24

23 January 2019

1) The electric car manufacturer Tesla announced a 7% cut of their full-time staff. The company faces very difficult times ahead in selling affordable renewable energy products, in part because the ending of some tax credits.

2) China economic growth slows down to 6.6%, the lowest in 25 years, with a forecast of 6.3% for this year. China constitutes one third of the global growth.

3) The International Monetary Fund cuts world economic growth forecast because of the risk stemming from Brexit as well as China’s slowing growth.

4) 22 JAN 19 Stock market closings:

Dow                      24,404.48             down     301.87
Nasdaq                   7,020.36             down     136.87
S&P 500                  2,632.90             down       37.81

10 Year Yield:      down   at    2.73%

Oil:     up    at    $53.02