The US consumer credit outstanding in February came in at +$22.33 billion much higher than the +$14.0 billion expected and from the +$12.02 billion last month. This was before the economic shutdown to the economy.
Eight West African countries have agreed to sever a common currency from France. The countries have agreed to change the exisating bloc currency to Eco from CFA Franc and sever currency ties to its old colonial master.
Recent strength in precious metals and weather affected grains has seen commodities prices largely higher for the first half of 2019, the energy heavy GSCI is up 16.% on the year with the more balanced Bloomberg index up 5%.
In 2018 coomodity prices were hampered by the strong US dollar which rose from mid-April, a collapse in oil prices from early October and the ongoing U.S.-China trade war. The best performers were cocoa, wheat, oats and last years best palladium. The worst performers were Gasoline, WTI Crude, lumber and sugar.