Succinct Summary: The Coronavirus continues to spread globally and no one knows how bad this could get. On the one hand we have projections of its exponential growth. On the other is the hope that seasonality will help stem the tide. In the face of a potential pandemic, the health of the economy seems like a trivial concern. Still, this panic is having a material affect on economic activity and thereby markets. The Fed has tried to address this with lower rates, but even the Fed admits monetary policy can’t do much to stop a virus. Where monetary policy will fail, hopefully modern medicine will succeed. Everyone, stay safe out there!
Succinct Summary: The economic expansion is now in its 11th year. The US consumer remains strong but business investment has been weak. A stat on the real effect of the trade war: Samsonite has taken its supply chain from 90% China production to 67 %, and is intent on reducing it further to 50%. Meanwhile, air flights and India are the final frontiers of the internet.