The Clock Is Ticking

Traditional Markets

The clock continues to wind down on our three main political dramas...

Brexit (March 29th). With the politicians seemingly no closer to a deal, and no indication whether there can be a time extension, many companies are already starting to announce their contingency plans for a no deal Brexit.

US Government shutdown (February 15th). Both sides say they're working hard to avoid the next shutdown in two weeks but there hasn't been much notable progress on this.

US-China trade talks (March 1st). The only thing that actually does seem to be moving forward at the moment. Apparently, Trump has reached some sort of preliminary agreement with Chinese ambassadors and would like to seal the deal in person with President Xi. With the deadline just one month away, let's hope they remember that February is a short one.

Volatility has notably faded since the beginning of the year but is still well above normal levels. Here we can see the VIX volatility index over the last two years.

What oddly doesn't seem to be having much impact is that Italy has now fallen into a recession. Stock markets are rather mixed today.

Jobs Day on Wall Street

Yup, it's that time of the month again. It's gonna be extremely difficult to follow last months performance though. 

The US economy reportedly added 312.000 jobs in December and analysts are forecasting that today the government will announce a gain of about 165,000 jos in January. Overall, job growth in the United States has been pretty steady since the crisis.

A weak number today can be forgiven fairly easily, especially after last month. A super strong number, on the other hand, could cause some concerns that the economy is overheating.

If we see anything over 250,000 it could likely cause analysts to claim that the most recent Fed announcement was actually a policy mistake. 

We also have about 20 more companies reporting earnings today. It seems Amazon disappointed investors, but not in a concerning way. See if you can spot anything funny about this headline.

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