Investment Markets Overview – w/e 9th May 2014

Week Ending 9 May 2014.

In her testimony this week before the congressional Joint Economic Committee, Federal Reserve Chair, Janet Yellen, said the US economy is on the mend but reiterated that the central bank is prepared to act should it falter, going on to state, “a high degree of monetary accomodation remains warranted.”She appeared blasé about the weak first-quarter GDP growth and aside of putting it down to the harsh winter weather, as she did the other week, she also mentioned that events abroad, such as the turmoil in emerging markets and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, could impact US growth. In fact she appears ready to blame anything except, of course, the Fed’s own monetary policies which have been so damaging in helping to create enormous speculative bubbles and mal-investment. However, the adulation and “lip-service” that politicians have accorded the Fed is on the change, as evidenced by remarks from Representative Kevin Brady. He said, “having served on the committee in the early to mid-2000s, your able and very highly respected predecessor sat where you sat and assured the committee that maintaining low interest rates for an extended period wouldn’t cause general price inflation or inflate an unsustainable asset bubble – which didn’t prove to be the case.After the credit-fuelled housing bubble burst in 2007, your predecessor assured the committee that the resulting weakness would be confined to the subprime segment of the housing market and the damage would be limited to about $150 billion- it wasn’t.

9 May Comm

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•US economic data . . .
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•Out East . . .
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•Within the commodities complex . . .
•Economic data due next week includes . . .

Returning to the “blame game” phenomena developing between congress and the Fed, UK Chancellor, George Osborne….

1.Indices Weekly
2.US Consumer Credit Outstanding V Net Change
3.E-Z Investor Confidence V Retail Sales
4.Japan Monetary Base V CPI
5.Commodity 1 Week Moves


The Real Test of a Great Leader is to Accept Responsibility


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13 Indices, 11 columns of detailed information, for accurate analysis


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