Monthly Archives: February 2020

February 2020

Economic Outlook – 23 February 2020

2020-02-23T20:07:08+00:00

US Minutes from the January FOMC meeting indicate the coronavirus will not push the Fed to cut interest rates. Positive housing and manufacturing survey data last week supported that view. While trade tensions have receded markedly in recent months, the coronavirus has taken its place as the latest source of uncertainty plaguing businesses and investors. [...]

Economic Outlook – 23 February 2020 2020-02-23T20:07:08+00:00

Economic Outlook – 9 February 2020

2020-02-09T13:11:09+00:00

US Employers added another 225,000 workers to their payrolls in January, an outcome that exceeded expectations. Owing partly to the fact that more people are entering the labor force, the unemployment rate edged higher to a still-low 3.6%. Another drop in initial claims for unemployment insurance attests to the fact that the labor market remains [...]

Economic Outlook – 9 February 2020 2020-02-09T13:11:09+00:00

Economic Outlook – 2 February 2020

2020-02-04T05:07:41+00:00

US Growth in Q4 was boosted by a sizable 1.5 % contribution from net exports, as a modest increase in exports was offset by a steep decline in imports. The threat of additional tariffs in December likely led many importers to pull purchases forward into earlier in the year, which helps explain the dramatic decline. [...]

Economic Outlook – 2 February 2020 2020-02-04T05:07:41+00:00