Markets and Economic Update for September 2019

David Lundgren, CFA, September 12, 2019

Welcome to the Markets and Economic Update, provided by the Hancock Whitney Asset Management team as an informational resource for clients and individuals who are interested in hearing our perspectives on current economic issues.   

 

Markets and Economic Update

 

Richard Chauvin leads off with a look at international trade. There has been a fair amount of back and forth between the U.S. and China, resulting in volatility in the market. Richard recaps the trade-related events of the past few weeks, including the potential effects of the Hong Kong protests on negotiations between the U.S. and China. He also updates the latest twists and turns in the ongoing debate over Brexit.

Paul Teten expands on Richard's comments about Brexit with a look at its troubling data outlook. He also discusses what the EU could be facing, and how this will affect the global economy.

The inverted yield curve has been a popular recent topic of the financial media. Jeff Tanguis explains why the yield curve inverted and examines its financial implications. He also discusses possible upcoming Fed policy moves; longer term rates near or through all-time lows; and where rates are likely headed from here.

We finish our call with a discussion about the stock market. The S&P 500 was down a little more than 2% for the month, and it is flat for the quarter. However, despite the index being up over 15% so far this year, most people think the market is doing poorly. Martin Sirera discusses the causes of this uneasy feeling, including reasons why market volatility has picked up recently, and explains why investors should be cautious as fall approaches.

 

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