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Investment Insights: In the black after Labor Day

Wade Balliet
Posted by Wade Balliet
Investment Strategy

This weekly report presents insights from our Global Investment Management team.

Trade war headlines have done nothing to slow surging manufacturing demand.

Urban skyline in Canada, with Canadian flag in a corner of the sceneThe ISM Index, a survey of the sentiment of purchasing managers at 300 manufacturing firms, bested all forecasts and signified how robust the manufacturing sector has become. The index reached levels not seen since March 2004. Month-over-month new export orders are unchanged again, as they have remained flat since April, despite tariff uncertainty. The manufacturing sector’s continued resilience and ability to shrug off trade war concerns is indicative of the larger U.S. economy.

The U.S. and Mexico continued making progress, as they reached preliminary agreements on auto content and labor-rate rules. The trade war between the U.S. and its northern ally, Canada, got frostier this week with the declaration from the Trump administration that it’s not interested in compromising in order to make a deal. Despite this, and similar posturing from Justin Trudeau, this deal is expected to look similar to the deal the U.S. ends up striking with Mexico. Whether or not we will see two separate trade deals or a reworked NAFTA remains to be seen, but either way little is poised to change between the three countries.

Also making progress on the auto front was the EU, which offered to include U.S. autos in its group of duty-free import products. The U.S. and the EU continue to make increasingly steady progress towards trade resolution, proving that trade bluster is still resolved how it always has been. While the dust may be settling a bit in North America, progress between the U.S. and China remains a much more difficult problem, as a new round of $200B in tariffs has been threatened by the U.S. One casualty to this new round of tariffs has been the cancellation of Ford’s plans to import a new model from its Chinese plant. The trade war is not without its victims, and it does seem to be targeting auto manufacturers for the moment.

Turning to smaller economies, the emerging markets contagion continued to spread, with the Argentinian peso overtaking the Turkish lira to become the worst performing emerging market currency this year. As the dollar continues to strengthen, the breadth of weakening emerging market economies becomes more apparent. As investors seek safety in stronger economies and currencies, the emerging markets may see continued short-term pressures, despite the potential for higher rates of long term growth.

Still basking in the warm glow of tax cuts, corporate earnings impressed again this season. As the Trump administration mulls putting an end to quarterly earnings and the Fed mulls another rate hike, the U.S. markets have seen modest depreciation from their all-time highs of last week. Despite Amazon becoming a trillion-dollar company, the S&P 500 closed just under 2900. We expect volatility to begin making a comeback, but remain optimistic that the markets will continue their long run well through the end of the year.

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U.S. Outlook: U.S., Mexico reach preliminary trade agreement

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist
Semi truck hauling 8 new cars through a vast field under a partly cloudy sky.

It is improbable that future U.S.-Canada trade will not be governed by a trade agreement in one form or another.

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Investment Insights: Powell hawks, Trump balks

Wade Balliet
Posted by Wade Balliet
Investment Strategy
Large plaza in North Korea with ceremonial flags, no people.

While this compromise with North Korea is a historic event for U.S. and international diplomacy, Trump’s stance on America’s closest allies may be a much larger issue.

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U.S. Outlook: Trade fears mount

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist
Large bundle of steel rods being lifted via crane off a stack of many bundled rods.

More signs emerged this week that the Goldilocks view of the U.S. economic outlook could be in for a serious challenge in the weeks ahead.

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U.S. Outlook: Deflation fight moves overseas

Scott Anderson
Chief Economist
Chart showing US dollar-to-euro price ratios over recent years.

Global central banks from Europe, Canada, Peru, Switzerland, Denmark, and India all made moves this month to loosen monetary policy and head off economic and deflation risks.

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