The U.S. Department of Energy announced it will release 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to lower oil prices. This release will be taken in parallel with other major energy consuming nations including China, India, Japan, Republic of Korea and the United Kingdom. This has been well telegraphed with oil down roughly 10% from recent highs. The move is seen by many as the epitome of ignorance of energy markets and the self serving nature of … Continue reading “Coordinated Strategic Petroleum Reserve Release By China, India, Japan, South Korea and the UK To Lower prices”
In what the Press had us believe was a close race The White House took the sensible route and nominated Jerome Powell for a second four-year term, according to a statement. PredictIt had Powell at a 79% favorite. Lael Brainard will be nominated as vice-chair replacing Richard Clarida. She was expected to get vice-chair of supervision if not chair. The White House said both Powell and Brainard share the administration’s focus on ensuring that economic growth broadly benefits all workers … Continue reading “Jerome Powell Re-nominated Fed Chair With Lael Brainard Vice-Chair”
The Congressional Budget Office is out with an Estimated Budgetary Effects of Title VI, Committee on the Judiciary, H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act. CBO estimates that enacting this title would result in a net increase in the unified deficit totaling $115.1 billion over the 2022-2031 period. That increase in the deficit would result from an increase in direct spending of $147.2 billion and an increase in revenues of $32.1 billion. Some of those budgetary effects are associated with … Continue reading “CBO Estimates Build Back Better Act To Increase Unified Deficit By $115.1 billion”
President Biden in his latest shift of finding blame and solutions for high oil prices on Wednesday sent a letter to the FTC to consider whether “illegal conduct” by large oil and gas companies is pushing up gasoline prices for American consumers. The F.T.C., does have the power to break up large industry players but in reality is unlikely to affect gasoline prices materially any time soon. The move was met with derision by almost anyone around the industry, from … Continue reading “President Biden ‘Blame Game’ Targets US Oil Companies for Illegal Conduct”
Rating agency Fitch warned debt limit games could put US AAA rating at risk. If US debt limit were not raised or suspended in time, political brinksmanship and reduce the financing flexibility could increased risk of sovereign default United States of America at ‘AAA’
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada called an election for next month, on September 20. He has been emboldened by polls showing his Liberal Party with a large enough lead to retake a majority in parliament.
Standard and Poors rating agency affirmed that the US sovereign ratings remain ‘AA+/A-1+’ and the outlook remains stable. The US is thundering to increasingly massive debt levels since the global pandemic. The S&P says sovereign stability is based on strong American institutions, a diversified and resilient economy, extensive monetary policy flexibility
The ISM non-manufacturing index slid to 52.6 in September from 56.4 in August and lower than the 55.0 expected to a three year low. The cost of tariffs has been impacting the supply side and consumer uncertainty.
China roiled markets Friday as it retaliated with new tariffs on US products prior to the G7 and Jackson Hole economic summit. Clearly with intention to inflame the situation in front of world leaders. Electronics, including cellphones and semiconductors, is the biggest category of American imports into China.
American companies dependant on rare earths, which China controls the majority of, include military companies such as Raytheon Co, Lockheed Martin Corp and BAE Systems Plc. Tech companies such as Apple use rare earths for it’s phones.