Online stock brokers TD Ameritrade, E*Trade & Charles Schwab have officially cut their online broker commissions to zero. Charles Schwab was the first brokerage, Interactive Brokers followed suit in cutting their commission rates, then came along TD Ameritrade and E*Trade.
Many online brokers are cutting their commissions to nil (0 zero), because of the climate that brokerages such as Robin Hood has had on the industry, allowing free trades of equities to their clients.
Since then other brokers have also cut their commissions to incur more of fairer playing field for their investors, traders and account holders. Many have speculated this was bound to happen at some point. Well, it looks like it has finally arrived. -SB
1) Fears of a possible recession were dampened as stocks rose while Treaasury yields rebounded. The U.S. decision to extend a temporary reprieve to the Chinese telecom giant Huawein is credited with the change in markets. The Treasury notes appears to have broken out of the yield-curve inversion , which is a potential signal that a recession may be coming in the near future.
2) Delivery platforms like DoorDash, Uber Eats, Postmates and Grubhub have open new opportunities for America’s fast food industries. Previously, the only fast food delivered was pizza, but these new delivery services allows a wide range of foods to be delivered to customers at home or office. While it does open new opportunities for increased sales, the down side is the service could eat into restaurant’s profits and erode customer loyalty.
3) The retail giant Target, known for being the master of private label brands, is launching it’s own new food brand called ‘Good & Gather’. Due to start on the 15th of September, it will initially have 650 products, but will eventually expand to about 2,000 products, such as coffee, milk and eggs. Target describes their product line to be affordable and will replace present brands such as Simply Balanced and Archer Farms brands, while also reducing its Market Pantry line. For Target, using private label brands have been a way to boost profit margins while maintaining affordable prices. They’re a big asset in driving traffic to their stores.
4) Stock market closings for – 19 AUG 19:
Dow 26,135.79 up 249.78 Nasdaq 8,002.81 up 106.82 S&P 500 2,923.65 up 34.97
1) Disney, the owner of the Star Wars franchise rights, is finding that today’s kids are not as interested in Star Wars as previous generations have been. While the last of the trilogies have turned a profit, they have not met the success of previous movies. Purchased from Lucasfilm Ltd in 2012 for $4.05 billion dollars, Disney is worried about the long term profitability of the franchise. It’s newly opened attraction Star Wars theme-park hasn’t meet expectations, indicated the young are not entranced by the intergalactic saga.
2) Gold continues to increase in value as more jittery investors flee traditional havens for money, to the supposed safety of gold ownership. With gold now at $1,500 per ounce, it is outperforming stocks this year. Concerns over the world economy from uncertainty of the U.S. and China trade war, China’s currency, oil and repercussions from political hot spots across the world have all combined to form a economic climate of fear and uncertainty. All foretell of a global slow down in growth, and as always the case, gold provides safety better than money in economic hard times.
3) A federal judge has ordered litigation over defective General Motors ignition switches to be narrowed in claims by owners. Owners claimed they lost value in their vehicles because of the defect, but the judge ruled the owners have failed to show the value of their vehicles has declined as a result of the defect. Instead, damages could only be measured by costs to repair defective vehicles, which is zero if GM paid for repairs. This defect is linked to 124 deaths.
4) Stock market closings for – 7 AUG 19:
Dow 26,007.07 down 22.45 Nasdaq 7,862.83 up 29.56 S&P 500 2,883.98 up 2.21
Two of the country’s largest newspaper companies will be merging and creating one huge newspaper media conglomerate. New Media Investment Group (NYSE: NEWM) will buyout Gannett Co. (NYSE: GSI) for $1.38 billion dollars, in cash and stock options.
The closing of the deal is supposedly going to be complete at the end of 2019. New Media and its satellite company GateHouse Media will operate under Gannett Co. and also be headquartered in Virginia, where Gannett is also located. -SB
1) Brexit, now on going for 2 ½ years, is dividing the British people in strife, the debate impacting and dividing family relationships across the country. The web site eHarmony reports one and a half million relationships have broken up over Brexit.
2) American retail workers face mass layoffs. In addition to the traditional after Christmas layoffs of seasonal workers, many permanent workers face significant reduction in work hours per week, if not actual layoffs in retail giants such as Amazon, Target and Walmart.
3) Stocks close lower because of Caterpillar and Nvidia announcing significantly lower profits than was expected. Caterpillar was down 9% and Nvida down 13.8%, with expectations of further poor performance in 2019. Caterpillar is considered a economic bellwether, and together with the IMF, is warning of international economies slowing down faster than expected.
4) 28 JAN 19 Stock market closing:
Dow 24,528.22 down 208.98 Nasdaq 7,085.68 down 79.18 S&P 500 2,643.85 down 20.91
1) Japan has embarked on a massive military buildup to counter the growing threat of China. They are purchasing F35’s for use on their new aircraft carrier, their first since World War II. Japan will be buying weapons from the United States, with an initial outlay of $10 billion dollars.
2) Sears, who is in bankruptcy and is closing many stores with large numbers of layoffs, plans to give out $25 million dollars in bonuses to their top executives.
3) The stock markets have had their worst December since the Great Depression.
4) 18 DEC 18 Stock market closings:
Dow 23,675.64 up 82.66 Nasdaq 6,783.91 up 30.18 S&P 500 2,546.16 up 0.22
1) The arrest of a top Chinese executive of Huawei, a major Chinese high technology company, caused world markets, including the Dow, to fall. The Dow dropped 777 points before news that the Feds planned to slow down on increasing the interest rate was announced.
2) Research finds that millennials don’t have the money to spend that previous generations had. The assumption has been a shift in spending habits, but with a millennial male making $6,600 dollars less than 1978 men, it appears they just don’t have the disposable income. Working women haven’t made up the difference, opening the question about the future viability of our hyper-consumerism economy.
3) The EPA is expected to rollback back emission standards allowing coal fire powerplants to operate again without having to remove the carbon dioxide from burning coal.
4) 6 DEC 18 Stock market closings:
Dow 24,947.67 down 79.40
Nasdaq 7,188.26 up 29.83
S&P 500 2,695.95 down 4.11
1) President Trump continues to play hardball with China to hammer out a trade agreement more favorable and equitable to the United States. But he did praise China for taking new measures to control addictive drugs into America.
2) Facebook finds itself under the gun for giving personal data to select users. New documents have surfaced showing that Facebook intended for these select users to have wide spread access to data in exchange for advertising on Facebook. Facebook is adamant they didn’t sell any personal data to any third parties, but nevertheless, they profited from providing data.
3) Price increases are spreading broadly through the economy, driven by tariffs and the trade war. Furthermore, the interest rate is expected to rise again in December, which may put further pressure to raise prices. Chinese tariffs have had a very adverse effects on American agriculture.
4) 4 DEC 18 Stock market closings: Markets closed.
1) World stock markets fell dramatically, the Dow down 800 points, a result of uncertainty about China and American trade war. There wasn’t any signing of agreements at G20, nor has China made any public statements about resolving the conflict since then, adding to the uncertainty. Also contributing are fears of the American economy sliding downward in the near future.
2) A recall of 12 million pounds of beef because of salmonella outbreak, has stretched across the country. So far, there has been 240 cases of infection in 6 states.
3) New carbon taxes in France aimed at reducing global warming effects has resulted in extensive riots forcing France to back off the taxes.
4) 4 DEC 18 Stock market closings: The stock market is like a rectal thermometer- rude and crude, but surprisingly effective in showing sickness.
Dow 25,027.07 down 799.36
Nasdaq 7,158.43 down 283.09
S&P 500 2,700.06 down 90.31