• No Trade Deal? (There's No Inflation Either)

    October 8, 2019
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    In the wheat pit of the Board of Trade of the city of Chicago 1920

    As the latest threats go back and forth between Washington and Beijing, one thing is for certain, there is no trade deal in the immediate future. As CD Media has proffered before, we don't think China can make a deal that is good for the U.S. economy.

    That being said, markets may be pricing in that reality in spite of teasing comments from The White House meant to keep the equity markets in the stratosphere.

    And maybe the markets don't care after all? Maybe they see a new American century dominating a failing China model? We have been looking for a decent correction and still think that would be healthy, but the market is showing no sign of weakening substantially, in spite of negative news.

    On the economic data front, PPI came in at 1.4% vs 1.8% consensus estimate YoY for September.

    PPI for the MoM in Sept came in at -0.3% vs 0.1% consensus estimate.

    The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Indicator MoM Oct came in at at 52.6 vs 51.2 consensus.

    So, there is no inflation either; it's a Goldilocks economy! Just in time for 2020!


    L Todd Wood

    L Todd Wood, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, flew special operations helicopters supporting SEAL Team 6, Delta Force and others. After leaving the military, he pursued his other passion, finance, spending 18 years on Wall Street trading emerging market debt, and later, writing. The first of his many thrillers is "Currency." Todd has been a national security columnist for The Washington Times and contributed to One American News, Fox Business, Newsmax TV, Moscow Times, Novaya Vremya (Ukraine), the New York Post, National Review, the Jerusalem Post, Zero Hedge and others. He is also founder/publisher of CDM. For more information about L. Todd Wood, visit LToddWood.com.
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