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WEEKLY MARKET COMMENTARY

The Markets

 

Global selloff. Quick comeback.

 

Investors boomeranged from stocks to safe havens and back as trade tensions between the United States and China intensified last week. The Economist reported:

 

“On August 1st President Donald Trump warned that he would soon impose a 10 percent levy on roughly $300bn-worth of Chinese goods that have not already been hit by the trade war. Four days later China responded by giving its exchange rate unaccustomed freedom to fall. The yuan weakened past seven to the dollar, an important psychological threshold, for the first time in over a decade. And stock prices in America duly fell...”(Read More)

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G whiz!

 

Never before could the Group of 7 (G7) Summit have been mistaken for reality TV.

 

The generally dignified annual meeting of leaders from the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom (along with the heads of the European Commission and European Council) was a lot more contentious than usual, reported Reuters.

 

Disagreements about trade were the reason for heightened tensions among world leaders. At the end of May, the United States extended tariffs on aluminum and steel imports to U.S. allies. They had previously been exempted. These countries “account for nearly two-thirds of the [United States’] $3.9 trillion annual merchandise trade,” reported The Washington Post.

 

Retaliation to U.S. sanctions was fast and furious. Mexico implemented “…a 20 percent tariff on U.S. pork legs and shoulders, apples, and potatoes and 20 to 25 percent duties on types of cheeses and bourbon,” reported Reuters.

 

Canada imposed $16.6 billion in tariffs on U.S exports of “…steel and aluminum in various forms, but also orange juice, maple syrup, whiskey, toilet paper, and a wide variety of other products,” says Reuters.

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If the countries were instruments, last week sounded like a fifth grade garage band.

 

World markets were buffeted by a clamor of good, bad, and unexpected news last week. Events that captured media and investor attention included:

 

  • Taxing America’s allies. Early in the week, investors weren’t the only ones riled by the administration announcement it would impose hefty trade tariffs on American allies. “Brussels’ top trade official vowed to respond to Donald Trump’s new tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from the EU, Canada, and Mexico with measures of its own, and warned that the EU has “closed the door” on trade talks with the U.S.”

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NEWSLETTERS

 
 

December 2018 - Please meet Laurie Donnell our new Director of Marketing.

Laurie is a native Nebraskan recently returning after an extensive career in commercial finance, business ownership and marketing.  Laurie is originally from Gordon Nebraska, and loves everything about country living.  Her dream is to hand craft goat cheese and eventually retire on her family farm.  She enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking, sewing, engaging in Christian fellowship, and anything outdoors.

Laurie was awarded the Washington State SBA Small Business Advocate of the Year in 2015 and credits her faith as the primary driver for each and every success. She looks forward to assisting the clients at Furstenau Financial and becoming part of the community.