Global Economic Review: August 2020

COVID-19   While the COVID Toll on Q2 GDP met negative expectations, Q3 began looking up. Recall for Q2 that the US QGP fell about -9.0% for the quarter, Europe declined -12.1%, Japan’s lost -7.8% and China grew officially at +3.2%.  Looking ahead, the Atlanta Fed’s projection for Q3 GDP…

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August 2020 Global Commodity Snapshot

OPEC+ Reduced Their Production Cut to 7.7 million barrels per day (mbpd) from 9.7 mbpd starting in August, an implied increase of 2 mbpd at the July 15th Per a Reuters survey, compliance was effectively 100%.   Certain members such as Iraq were to not fully increase production to make up…

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August 2020 Sector and Index Performance

During the month of August, the top 3 performing sectors were: energies (15.13%), softs (12.98%) and the indices (8.81%). The bottom 3 sectors were: interest rates (-0.82%), the Barclays CTA Index (0.12%) and livestock (0.56%). Financial markets continued in trend – the S&P blew past all time highs gaining over…

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Global Economic Review: July 2020

COVID-19   The COVID Toll on Q2 GDP for the US came in -9.5% for the quarter – not good but better than the economists’ estimates which were closer to -10%. That’s the steepest annualized decline in quarterly records dating back to 1947.  Personal spending, which makes up about two-thirds…

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