“Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder,” advised the Persian poet Rumi.
Weekly Market Commentary
Markets were shaken last week by a potent cocktail of central bank tapering and economic growth concerns mixed with coronavirus and a splash of the new Chinese privacy law.
What is the most important driver of economic growth in the United States?
The most common way to measure economic output is Gross Domestic Product or GDP. It’s the value of all goods and services produced in our country over a specific period of time. GDP is a combination of the following:
Are we there yet?
The Chinese dragon cast a shadow over free trade and foreign investment last week.
Last week, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) finally announced the official dates for the recession that occurred in 2020. Economic activity peaked in February 2020 and bottomed in April 2020. That makes the pandemic recession the shortest in American history.
The term “peak growth” has become almost as popular as the comedy show Ted Lasso.
There was a gapers’ block in financial markets last week as equity investors slowed to see what the United States Treasury bond market was up to.
The world is about halfway back to normal.
The Economist developed the Global Normalcy Index (GNI) to measure the post-pandemic return to normal. In March 2020, the GNI was 35 overall, with 100 being the normal pre-pandemic level. At the end of the second quarter, the worldwide GNI was 66, or about halfway back to normal.
What begins with the letter “I”?