23 August 2019

1) President Trump’s suggestion of buying Greenland is bringing to light international interest in the world’s largest island because of its geopolitical importance. Since World War II, there has been a strategic interest as a result of Atlantic shipping lanes. But the island nation also has stocks of natural resources such as coal, zinc, copper, iron and rare minerals. Even China has made proposals to Greenland for economic development. Some think that Greenland also harbors vast reserves of oil.

2) Twenty-two city municipalities have had their computer systems hacked and taken ransom, all simultaneously which indicates the ransom attacks is by a single unknown entity. So far, more than forty municipalities have been digitally hijacked this year, including major cities such as Baltimore and Albany. Most attacks are upon small cities and towns who have limited monetary resources for strong cyberdefenses or backing up data. There are more ransom ware attacks simple because they work and pay so well.

3) Foreign oil companies are leaving Canada to the tune of $30 billion dollars in the last three years. Canada’s oil industry has struggled to recovered from the 2014 crash in global oil prices, an industry that accounts for one fifth of Canada’s exports. The lack of pipelines has seriously effected Canada’s heavy crude prices for years. Consequently, capital is draining out of the industry effecting overall production and hence revenues.

4) Stock market closings for – 22 AUG 19:

Dow             26,252.24         up    49.51
Nasdaq          7,991.39         up    28.82
S&P 500         2,922.95    down      1.48

10 Year Yield:   up   at    1.61%
Oil:    up   at    $55.39

9 July 2019

1) America now has such a surplus of natural gas, that it’s being burned off instead of sold and used. The problem isn’t a lack of a market to sell to, rather it is insufficient distribution infrastructure. There isn’t enough pipeline capacity to get the gas from the oil fields to customers. In West Texas, enough gas is burned off each day to fuel every house in Texas. Natural gas prices are negative in some areas as producers pay people to take the gas off their hands.

2) The international banking giant Deutsche Bank is getting out of the investment banking by closing its equities business. This restructuring will result in posting a $3.1 billion dollar loss for the second quarter and an overall loss of $8.3 billion dollar into 2022. Additionally, there will be a loss of 18,000 jobs or one fifth of their labor force.

3) The summer labor force of teenagers is shrinking as American youth opt for summer school and extracurricular activities. Only about 40% of highschool age kids are working during their summer vacations, compared to more than 60% in the twentieth century. This leaves businesses with a dilemma of find enough workers, especially those business which are more active in the summer months and need that extra short term labor boost. Much of this shift is because of increased emphasis on education for the young, who opt for summer school and summer college prep programs instead of earning some pocket money.

4) Stock market closings for- 8 JUL 19:

Dow         26,806.14    down    115.98
Nasdaq      8,098.38    down      63.41
S&P 500     2,975.95    down      14.46

10 Year Yield:    down   at    2.03%

Oil:    down   at    $57.54