1) Economists are concerned about four major factors bearing down on a recovery of the economy. These are 1) the household fiscal cliff, 2) a great business die-off, 3) state and local budget shortfalls, and 4) the lingering health crisis. The pandemic shutdown cost the jobs of 40 million Americans, 40% of them low wage workers. This has left many households short of money, having little to no savings to meet their fiscal obligations such as rent and utilities. Add to this, there has been a steep decline in consumer spending leaving large numbers of businesses to face bankruptcy, thereby making a contraction of the economy. But businesses are not the only one facing revenue shortfalls, for governments are also facing shortages of money needed for their operations and paying employees, as in more layoffs. Finally, the cost of controlling the Convid-19 virus, especially if a major second wave does emerge, for both preventive treatment and caring for the sick. All four of these factors may very well be pushing America’s economy towards another Great Recession, which could last for many years.
2) The New York eviction moratorium ended this weekend, raising fears that tens of thousands of residents will soon face evictions which will flood the courts. This problem is a reflection of a problem across all of America as those 40 million laid-off workers have been unable to pay rent or mortgage payments and now face losing their residence. But it isn’t one sided, for landlords and lenders are also facing money shortages to meet their obligations too, which can lead to their fiscal demise. Most of the tenants and home owners have limited monies beyond their income, so paying back rent and mortgage is going to be near impossible.
3) China is warning of the risk of a naval incident with the US. Claiming that the U.S. military is deploying in unprecedented numbers to the Asia-Pacific region, which makes for a rising risk of an incident with China’s navy. The United States freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea has angered the Chinese, who is trying to establish dominance in the area and hence control of the territory. The Chinese claim that 60% of America’s warships and 375,000 soldiers are deployed in the Indo-Pacific region, including three aircraft carriers. So far, the U.S. Navy has conducted 28 freedom of navigation operations by sailing through the area where China has built islands, and therefore claiming the area as theirs.
4) Stock market closings for – 23 JUN 20:
Dow 26,156.10 up 131.14 Nasdaq 10,131.37 up 74.89 S&P 500 3,131.29 up 13.43
1) To settle its civil law suit over fake accounts, Wells Fargo, America’s fourth largest bank, is paying $3 billion dollars. In order to meet sales quotas, employees opened millions of savings and checking accounts using the names of actual customers. Wells Fargo is accountable for tolerating fraudulent conduct, which was remarkable for its duration and scope. The bank company took several steps to conceal the accounts from customers, such as forging signatures and preventing other bank departments from contacting customers to survey their accounts.
2) John Deere, a manufacturer of farm and construction equipment, has experience a first quarter profit, signs that the U.S. farm market is stabilizing. The manufacturer has been buffeted for the last two years by the U.S. – China trade war, which has pushed agriculture business down leaving farmers struggling to turn a profit.
3) Facebook will stop listening to and transcribing messenger voice for its speech recognition technology development. But the company still needs the voice recordings to improve its speech recognition, so the company will pay selected users to record snippets of audio using a development program called ‘Pronunciations’. Test subjects will have phrases recorded, which Facebook will specify, and in turn will receive compensation.
4) Stock market closings for – 21 FEB 20:
Dow 28,992.41 down 227.57
Nasdaq 9,576.59 down 174.38
S&P 500 3,337.75 down 35.48
In today’s economy people tend to be saving a whole of money, and economists are stating that this is not expected. When people save money, then there is no spending to assist in bolstering the economy; meaning there is even less demand for goods and services, which then also implicates stagnation.
Recently people are not spending as much but saving more, and this happens to be throwing economists through a “whirlwind”. People in a good economy should be spending according to economists, and when this is not happening, theories and concepts are sort of disproven to an extent. People are currently saving more money, even though interest rates are at the lowest that they have been for decades.
Borrowers are benefactors of low interest rates (theoretically), so spending should be indicative; this seems not to be the case in 2015. Currently, government and business entities are benefiting from low interest rates as opposed to current borrowers. Something seems to be brewing, but exactly what it is????? Is the definitive question…-SB