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Fireside Charts 12.21.18

By:BCM Investment Team | Date:Dec21, 2018 | Category: Equity, Economics, Market Highlights, Fireside Charts

Economic forecasts for Q4 GDP growth are still healthy, with many predictions ranging between 2.5% and 2.9% (annualized). From the Philly Fed regional manufacturing index, we can see that factory activity continues to moderate. Although Emerging Market indices have had quite the ride, they are still holding up better than the S&P. Finally, we wrap up this blog post with some insight on Japan's inverted yield curve and trade deficit.


Fireside Charts will not be published the week of 12/24 due to the holidays. We wish you a Happy Holiday and joyous New Year!


1. Is the FED only looking at the soft economic data?


 12.21 chart 9

Source: WSJ Daily Shot, as of 12/19/18



2. Bear markets take time to unfold...in true bear markets most risk assets correlate towards 1...


12.21 chart 2

Source: Bloomberg, as of 12/19/18



3. More negative news out of Philly...


 12.21 chart 6

Source: WSJ Daily Shot, as of 12/19/18




4. Wage growth has mostly recovered to pre-Great Recession levels but is certainly under control.  What is the FED worried about? Perhaps it is just "normalization"...


12.21 chart 3-1

Source: The Conference Board, as of 12/20/18



5. FedEx's Earnings report supports the red line...


 12.21 chart 7

Source: RENMAC, as of 12/20/18



6. While EM stocks & currencies took a big hit earlier than the U.S., since October they have been holding up better than U.S. equities.


 12.21 chart 5

Source: WSJ Daily Shot, as of 12/18/18



7. Now Japan's yield curve has a slight inversion...with negative rates.  


12.21 chart 4

Source: WSJ Daily Shot, as of 12/20/18



8. Japan's trade deficit continues to worsen as their exports slow.


12.21 chart 1

Source: Investing.com, as of 12/17/18



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