Ep. 57 - Political headlines dominate but little market impact

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The Days Ahead: Fed meets. Look for any change to their economic projections. One Minute Summary: Trade issues hung over stocks. The administration lined up China, which runs a $35bn monthly trade surplus with the U.S. It's quite a lot less if services are included but many businesses are annoyed at China’s freewheeling IP (Itellectual Property) transfers. The President asked for a $1bn a year reduction in the trade deficit but given that the deficit is more like $380bn and some 40% of the U.S. total, he probably meant $100bn. As for the new Chief Economic Advisor, Larry Kudlow, I’m hard pressed to remember anyone in that position who had much influence. But he seems like a decent enough fellow. Small company bank stocks rallied. The Senate passed the snappily titled Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, which raises the threshold for enhanced supervision by the Fed from a $50bn threshold to $250bn. So, that’s nice if you're a Key Corporate, Fifth Third or State Street. You now no longer have to provide a liquidation plan. In fact, only 12 of the 43 banks with over $50bn in assets will come under enhanced supervisory rules. All others get a pass. And yes, they all took TARP. Bonds rallied. Stocks were lower but small companies had their best two weeks of the year. They're now just ahead of large caps year-to-date. Europe recovered. It seems to be out of the trade crosshairs right now. Japan and Emerging Markets rallied some 2%. The dollar barely moved. If you want to join us live next time or get future updates about new episodes, subscribe to our email newsletter: bandjadvisors.com/subscribe Did you like this podcast? Be sure to rate and review us on Apple Podcasts: bandjadvisors.com/itunes Ask us your financial questions in your review and we'll answer them in the next episode. We appreciate your feedback! Learn more about Brouwer & Janachowski and our wealth management services: www.bandjadvisors.com

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