Eq: Total Market


This morning the US released a jobs report that was expected to be very strong, with unemployment maybe falling under 4%. However, the opposite happened, and we have a definitively weak report on our hands. The economy only created 103,000 jobs versus expectations of 178,000 and unemployment held steady at 4.1% rather than falling to 4%. The Labor Department also revised previous months downward, worsening the overall picture.

FINSUM: This is an interest result and one that seems more likely to keep the Fed leaning towards dovishness. We would say this is clearly bullish for bonds, and a little bearish for stocks.

(New York)

We at FINSUM have been keeping a close eye on the economy, and in particular, looking for any signs of the end of the current business cycle. Today, we might have found one. One of the big worries of economists and investors of late has been the slowdown in consumer spending—a concern in its own right, but not conclusive. Today, we might be seeing why. Lenders all over the US have been tightening their businesses and lending out less cash. That has left less money available for purchases. From 2011 through the end of 2016, credit standards had loosened, but since then they have tightened, even as wages have grown and unemployment has fallen.

FINSUM: This decline in lending seems to show that many lenders think there is more risk than reward in the economy, which may in turn bring on the recession they sense is coming.


The type of loans that fueled the Financial Crisis are making a comeback in a big way. Issuance of subprime mortgages is surging once again, with the total volume of loans issued in the first quarter doubling from a year ago. Such issuance fell to almost zero in the years after the Crisis, but specialist lenders have sent it surging yet again. The loans have been very popular in the debt markets as investors have been snapping up the loans. “[Investors] are definitely chasing yields. Whenever these deals come out, for the most part, they are oversubscribed”, says a New York hedge fund.

FINSUM: This is a bit worrying, but given how low the starting base for the market is, this is just not big enough to be a concern, yet….

Page 89 of 92

Contact Us



Subscribe to our daily newsletter

We use cookies to improve our website. By continuing to use this website, you are giving consent to cookies being used. More details…