14 October 2020

1) Cuba’s economic minister urged calm as the government prepares to unify its dual currency system and multiple exchange rates in hopes of improving economic performance. The nation is undergoing a crisis caused by new U.S. sanctions on top of decades-old embargos, the pandemic and its inefficient Soviet-style command economy. The country could not overcome the crisis without unification which included wage, pension and other measures to protect the population. The monetary reform will eliminate the convertible peso while leaving a devalued peso, the officially exchanged rate since the 1959 Revolution is one peso to the dollar. The country would end up with a single currency and exchange rate with the dollar, but it’s unknown what the rate might be or the date devaluation would happen. Economists forecast this will cause triple digit inflation and bankruptcies while at the same time stimulating domestic economic efficiency and exports over imports.
2) Two more arms sales to Taiwan is reported to be moving forward. America is seeking to sell sophisticated military equipment, the MQ-9 drone aircraft and a coastal defensive missile system putting the island nation in a better position to repulse invasion by Red China, who claims Taiwan is a wayward province. China has stated she will reunite the province to the mainland, by force if necessary. Presently, there are as many as seven major weapon systems making their way through the U.S. export process, as the administration ramps up pressure on China. All arm sales to Taiwan must be approved by the Senate.
3) California’s PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric) company is warning of up coming power outages in Northen California because of increased fire risk. Two dangerous wind events are expected this Wednesday and Thursday and into Friday. High winds pose a fire danger from sparking of power lines into vegetation, thus starting fires in dry areas already ravaged by fires. Power outages are anticipated in 34 California counties. Cutting off the electrical power is presently the only means to ensure against sparking wild fires in windy conditions, and has become standard operation procedure.
4) Stock market closings for – 13 OCT 20:
Dow 28,679.81 unchanged
Nasdaq 11,863.90 unchanged
S&P 500 3,511.93 unchanged
10 Year Yield: down at 0.73%
Oil: up at $40.18

3 July 2020

1) The aircraft manufacturer Boeing Aircraft is discontinuing production of it’s iconic 747 jumbo jet after a fifty year run. The last 747-8 will be completed in two years. This marks the end of an era of giant airliners with Airbus also discontinuing its A380 production. The number of routes in the world which requires a jumbo jet are few, with airline companies preferring the twin engine aircraft for long range flights. The 747 made its debut in 1970, and went on to rack up 1,571 orders over its production life, a record seconded only by the wide body 777. Boeing has lost 40$ million dollars for each 747 since 2016, with production down to just 6 units a year. The last 747 for passenger service was Air Force One. With air travel curtailed by the Covid-19 crisis, air carriers don’t expect air travel to recover fully until the mid decade, so airlines are culling out aging jetliners and four engine jumbos from their fleets to limit spending.

2) With interest rates near zero, the most used tool for the Feds to stimulate a sagging economy is becoming ineffective in reversing the pandemic induced recession. Therefore, the Feds are considering using quantitative easing or large scale assets purchases. This is where the U.S. central bank buys hundreds of billions of dollars in assets, most of which are U.S. Treasury and mortgage backed securities. By taking bonds (mostly 2 and 10 year Treasuries) off the market it replaces them with cash in the system, meaning there is now more cash available for lending to consumers, businesses and municipalities.

3) The Senate is considering a bill which would punish retailers for refusing cash payments. Retailers have been pushing for electronic payments to reduce the risk of virus contamination from contact of paying cash. The objective of the bill is to prevent disenfranchise of minorities who have limited to no banking access.

4) Stock market closings for – 2 JUL 20:

Dow 25,827.36 up 92.39
Nasdaq 10,207.63 up 53.00
S&P 500 3,130.01 up 14.15

10 Year Yield: down at 0.67%

Oil: up at $40.32

HERMAN CAIN TO BE NOMINATED FOR FEDERAL RESERVE POST…….

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By: Economic & Finance Report

President Trump is set to nominate Herman Cain for the US Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

Herman Cain was a former presidential candidate in 2012. He also served as chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Board. His business background includes being the President/CEO of Godfather Pizza, CEO of National Restaurant Association, and being on boards such as Nabisco, Whirlpool, & Reader’s Digest.

Mr. Cain to be on the Fed Board, would have to pass an extensive background check and Senate confirmation process.-SB

PREZ of RICHMOND FED RESERVE BANK RESIGNS AFTER SCANDAL EMERGENCE……………..

By: Economic & Finance Report

 Former Fed President of Richmond’s Federal Reserve Bank, Jeffrey Lacker has resigned today; effective immediately. Richmond’s Federal Reserve Bank  had issued a statement about the resignation of Lacker.  The head of Richmond’s Federal Reserve, Mr. Jeffrey Lacker had improper discussions with a financial analyst from Medley Global Advisors, on “confidential information” relating to Federal Reserve’s interest rate policy.

There was an ongoing investigation that the Federal Reserve Inspector General, Mark Bialek just concluded. No charges will be brought on Mr. Lacker, but he has lost his job as Richmond’s Federal Reserve point man.  Mr. Bialek’s investigation started in 2012, when information of  private Federal Reserve information had leaked.

Many members of the US Congress have been critical on the prudence of the  US Federal Reserve, and this episode certainly adds fuel to the fire, members in Congress have stated on numerous occasions that there is a lack of transparency; within the Federal Reserve’s fiscal policies and initiatives. -SB

JANET YELLEN’S 2 DAY SENATE TESTIMONY & WHAT IT SAID TO THE MARKETS…

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By: Economic & Finance Report

US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen recently concluded two days of Senate testimony. Now what did her testimony indicate to the US markets????

It seems that Yellen’s testimony struck a more dovish or upward  uptempo type of tone, that sent the US stock indexs and US markets inclining upward.  Her testimony indicated that the US economy is on the right track and the economy continued to improve across the economical spectrum.

The unemployment rate has dropped to 5.7% in the United States from when she last testified last July 2014. The labor markets have also improved averaging  some 250,000-280,000 jobs per month to the economy.

Ms. Yellen spoke on the Federal Reserve Monetary Policy and that The FOMC  has decided to change the target range for the federal reserve rates , to help boost short term rates.

-SB