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A FIERY START

Each year Wall Street watches the first five trading days of the market to get a pulse of what’s in store. Historically this sets the course for the year and what to expect.

THAT’S A WRAP

End of year numbers are starting roll out and there still seems to be a divide that is widening. It will break this year and which side reverses will set the course.

Global shares mixed as investors eye NKorea, China-US trade

Global shares were mixed Monday as Chinese benchmarks surged on expectations of lower financing costs following a policy decision

China announces tariff cuts, more competition in markets

China said Monday it will reduce tariffs Jan. 1 on more than 850 foreign products including frozen pork, asthma medications

End of Year Presents

Tariffs avoided with Phase I trade deal between China and the U.S. was one of the catalysts this week. The other was the confidence vote

PAYROLL VERSUS PRODUCTIVITY

Trucking. It seems that is what the economy is doing when you look at job growth: trucking along nicely. In November stocks surged by 266,000.

Winter is Here

Winter is here early this year. Usually here, in Southern California, we do not see snow or rain until middle to late January. The forecast is for more of the same

Thankful

This week Thanksgiving is celebrated across America with family and friends. At times it is hard to find something to celebrate

FEAR OF MISSING OUT

Markets are hitting fresh new highs. Optimism is in the air. A surge in the markets of ten percent (10%) once the Phase One tariff

DIVERGENCE OF CONFIDENCE

Earlier this year for many months the market saw interest rate inflect when the shorter-term treasuries paid a higher rate of interest