William's Weekly Economic Recap
The Week of June 21 – June 25, 2021
William’s Weekly Economic Recap for the Week of June 21 – June 25, 2021 (view full recap as PDF)
- Incoming U.S. economic data continued to disappoint, which stood in sharp contrast to the latest Monetary Policy Statement published by the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (“FOMC”): “Progress on vaccinations has reduced the spread of COVID-19 in the United States. Amid this progress and strong policy support, indicators of economic activity and employment have strengthened.” Emphasis mine
- U.S. May ‘durable goods orders’ report, which includes the important ‘nondefence capital goods excluding aircrafts’ (the best proxy for business capital spending), was another one missing expectations. The key component that tracks business capital spending, which is a leading indicator, came in at -0.1% month over month , missing expectations of a 0.6% gain, versus +2.2% in April (revised lower from +2.3%). A downtrend in the growth rate in business capital spending could be developing, as the growth rate might have peaked for the short-term. Being a leading indicator, activities farther downstream like industrial production and ultimately, hiring, and income could moderate to reflect this development.
- U.S. weekly jobless claims 411,000, missing expectations of 380,000, again.
- U.S. May ‘new home sales’ -5.9%, versus -7.8% in April. May ‘existing home sales’ -0.9%, versus -2.7% in April. Surging prices (partly boosted by higher costs of materials) had significantly cooled the once red hot U.S. housing market.
- U.S. May personal income -2.0%, versus -13.1% in April; personal spending came in flat, missing expectations, after +0.9% in April (revised up from +0.5%). As a result, the consumer had to draw down on savings to compensate for the drop in income. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics, for the month of May, ‘real average weekly earnings’ came in at -2.2% on a year-over-year basis. U.S. May ‘Personal Consumption Expenditure’ (“PCE”) price deflator +0.4% month over month , versus +0.6% in April. Core PCE price deflator +0.5% month over month , versus +0.7% in April.
- U.S. Q1 GDP +6.4% quarter over quarter annualized.
- Large U.S. banks passed Federal Reserve’s ‘Stress Test’ last week. The report noted that large U.S. banks have strong capital levels and therefore pandemic-era restrictions are lifted. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – “Large banks will no longer face pandemic-era restrictions on how much they can spend buying back stock and paying dividends, the Federal Reserve announced Thursday after finding the firms would remain well capitalized in its latest stress test.”
- The Federal Reserve, despite ‘talking about tapering’, is still growing its balance sheet, which has ballooned to over US$ 8 trillion this past Wednesday.
William Chin, MBA
Portfolio Manager & Chief Technical Analyst
William Chin, Chief Technical Analyst for Caldwell Investment Management Ltd. (“Caldwell”), is the lead Portfolio Manager on the Tactical Sovereign Bond Fund and Portfolio Manager for the fixed income portion of the Caldwell North American Fund (formerly Caldwell Balanced Fund). He also advises fixed income portfolios for affiliate Caldwell Securities Ltd.’s separately managed account platform and contributes to the Caldwell Investment Management Ltd. team’s research, specializing in macro-economics, currency risk management and technical analysis. William is a member of Caldwell’s Investment Risk Committee.
William has over 35 years of international investment experience in the areas of portfolio, currency risk and treasury management. He began his career in the currency market, progressing to the role of treasury manager for a large international bank. He was first registered as a Portfolio Manager with the Ontario Securities Commission in 1999 and managed high net worth client portfolios on a discretionary basis prior to joining Caldwell.
William has an MBA in economics and international finance. He has been a volunteer and a board member for the Canadian Society of Technical Analysts since 2001 and is their former President (2012-2014).
William is a frequent speaker on macro analysis, monetary policy and technical analysis.
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