The Fed left interest rates unchanged on Wednesday, and chairman Powell reinstated his belief that the labour market can improve further despite unemployment being at a half-century low. “Even though we’re at 3.5% unemployment, there’s actually more slack out there,” Powell said. “And the risks of using an accommodative monetary policy’’ to boost the labour market are “relatively low.’’
Trade Talks So here’s the thing: I think we’re in a classic game of Russian roulette. At this point in trade talks its really a matter of time before China and US finally admit to each other that they would rather engage in what is clearly a patter of self-destructive behaviour than come to a mutual agreement about any deal that might be on the table.
Bond Sales Reach Record Highs With central banks cutting rates and yields dropping, investors have fled to other alternatives, primarily corporate bonds to get returns.
Aramco IPO Oil giant Aramco is gearing up for a valuation between $1.6 – $1.7 trillion for its initial public offering. While this is short of the initial $2 trillion mark the crown prince hoped for, it still boasts the world’s largest IPO offering.
Cannapocalypse: Version 2 I think Canopy Growth ($CGC) and Aurora Cannabis ($ACB) should notify the makers of the Oxford English Dictionary that the word “earnings” has been redefined to mean “losses”. Both firms have been supposed “leaders” in the industry, and have let stakeholders down in the past quarter.