Monthly Archives: October 2017

Macro Briefing: 31 October 2017

Former Trump campaign aides indicted in Mueller’s Russia probe: The Hill
Trump says indictments don’t prove he colluded with Russia: NY Times
House considering corporate tax cuts that phase in slowly: Bloomberg
Car sales fuel biggest rise in US consumer spending since 2009: Bloomberg
Is White House ready for Nov.’s commercial talks with China? Reuters
GDPNow’s first Q4 estimate for US growth is 2.9% vs. 3.0% in Q3: Atlanta Fed
Eurozone’s Oct. 3-mo. GDP growth estimate ticks up to 0.72%: €-Coin Indicator

Macro Briefing: 30 October 2017

Today’s expected indictments raise political risk for White House: Politico
Fed Governor Powell is the front runner for new Fed chairman: The Hill
Trump’s tax plan under scrutiny as House vote nears: Reuters
US economic growth at solid 3.0% in Q3 despite hurricanes: LA Times
Consumer Sentiment Index for US rises to 13-year high in Oct.: Bloomberg
Roughly 1/4 of Q3 GDP rise due to inventory accumulation: Econobrowser
Plans to manage China’s debt have global economic implications: Bloomberg

Book Bits | 28 October 2017

Unfinished Business: The Unexplored Causes of the Financial Crisis and the Lessons Yet to be Learned
By Tamim Bayoumi
Summary via publisher (Yale University Press)
There have been numerous books examining the 2008 financial crisis from either a U.S. or European perspective. Tamim Bayoumi, deputy director in the strategy, policy, and review department at the IMF, is the first to explain how the Euro crisis and U.S. housing crash were, in fact, parasitically intertwined. Starting in the 1980s, Bayoumi outlines the cumulative policy errors that undermined the stability of both the European and U.S. financial sectors, highlighting the catalytic role played by European mega banks that exploited lax regulation to expand into the U.S. market and financed unsustainable bubbles on both continents.
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Replicating Indexes In R With Style Analysis (Part II): Global Macro

Imitation, Oscar Wilde famously observed, “is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.” The observation echoes the objective for using Professor Bill Sharpe’s style analysis to replicate investment indexes that, for one reason or another, can’t be purchased directly. If we can obtain an index’s returns, there’s a pretty good chance that we can reverse engineer the asset allocation and recreate the portfolio with publicly traded securities.
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Macro Briefing: 27 October 2017

Spain set to impose direct rule on Catalonia on Friday: Reuters
US Defense Secretary in S. Korea emphasizes diplomacy: ABC News
House approves budget and clears the way for tax reform: NY Times
ECB announces it will slowly begin winding down QE stimulus: RTT
Pending Homes Sales Index for US close to 3-year low in September: CNBC
US jobless claims rise after dipping to four-decade low: MarketWatch
US merchandise trade deficit in August at four-month high: Bloomberg
10-year Treasury yield rises to 2.46% on Thursday — highest since March: