Auto loan delinquencies are nearing peak levels we saw during the great recession.
"Auto loan delinquencies have surged to the highest level since 2011 and are approaching levels seen at their peak during the Great Recession.
The percentage of outstanding auto loans in serious delinquency (90 days or more past due) jumped to 4.69% in the first quarter of 2019, according to the latest data from the New York Fed. At their peak during the recession, auto loan delinquencies hit 5.27%.
The total amount of delinquent auto loans totals about $60 billion. In dollar terms, the amount of delinquent auto debt is already far above levels seen during the Great Recession."
"China sold off the highest level of US Treasuries in nearly two and a half years in the month of March. Meanwhile, there are renewed fears the Chinese could implement its “nuclear options” and sell off even more US debt in retaliation for US trade war tariffs."
"China sold $20.45 billion in Treasuries in March. That was the biggest US debt dump by China since October 2016.
After a four-month pause, the big March sell-off resumes a trend of Chinese Treasury divestment we saw in 2018. China shed nearly $50 billion in US Treasuries last year (...) The Chinese currently hold $1.121 Trillion in US debt. That’s the lowest level since May 2017."
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While it is true that the Chinese have illegally appropriated huge quantities of American intellectual property, I believe that we have received greater benefits in return. Without the cheap goods produced in China, prices may very well have been much higher for vast quantities of key products for U.S. consumers. And without Chinese purchases of U.S. debt, interest rates could have been much higher, making borrowing more expensive for both businesses and consumers. It’s hard to quantify just how important these benefits have been for an economy such as ours, which has been driven for decades by borrowing and spending.
The idea that we have more weapons in the trade war because we can tariff more products is wrongheaded. Tariffs hurt the country that imposes them the most, not the other way around. You don't win a war by shooting your own troops!
Trump's longing for the good old days when America actually made things and ran trade surplus proves that Trump realizes the current American economy is weak. He just pretends that it's strong so he can take credit for it as he campaigns to win a second term.
I’ve been saying for a long time that even if we got a deal, it was going to be a ‘buy the rumor sell the fact.’ But I also said it was becoming obvious that Trump had so overpromised about a great deal that it was almost impossible to have a deal without disappointing the markets. So, I think Trump made a calculated decision that no deal is better than a deal that disappoints, especially since he had already goosed the market up to new highs so even if we sold off, Trump could say, ‘Well, this is some short-term pain. It’s necessary for the long-term gain.’ And it may be the catalyst that causes the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates and launch QE, which is what Trump wants.
Normally, in a real environment where we had normal interest rates, where the Federal Reserve wasn't artificially suppressing them, I don't think money-losing companies like Uber (UBER) would be able to come public.
I think Trump knows the only chance he has of postponing the onset of this recession until beyond the 2020 election is to get the Federal Reserve to preemptively cut interest rates and launch QE4.
What set the low, what was the catalyst for this rally, was the Fed getting more dovish. It went from ‘we’re going to keep hiking rates’ to ‘we’re finished hiking rates.’ It went from ‘quantitative tightening is on autopilot’ to ‘quantitative tightening is going to end over the summer.’ And so that shift – where the Fed went from being hawkish to dovish – that started the rally. Well, this more recent shift, where the Fed changed expectations again and disappointed the markets by saying, ‘Hey, we’re not as dovish as you think. We’re not going to cut rates,’ that, I think, capped the market. And now, Trump coming in and taking away the prospects of this great trade deal, well, that’s like a one-two punch, and I think this bear market rally, like I said, is over and we’re going lower.”
Between 1800 and 1900 the U.S Consumer Prices Index (CPI) fell by 50 percent. So we had 100 years of "deflation." This includes the gilded age, the strongest period of economic growth in U.S. history. If falling consumer prices were good then, why does the Federal Reserve think they would be such a problem now?