Macro Briefing: 20 October 2022

* Embattled British Prime Minister Liz Truss under pressure to resign
* Fed’s Beige Book: US economy expands modestly since early September, but…
* Fed survey finds US firms becoming more pessimistic about economic conditions
* Japanese yen at weakest level vs. US dollar since 1990
* Price hikes boost earnings for Procter & Gamble
* Amazon founder Jeff Bezos warns of trouble ahead for US economy
* Home sales fall sharply in September, reports real estate firm Redfin
* Mortgage applications in US slide to a 25-year low in week through Oct. 14
* US housing starts fell more than expected in September:

Revised US Q3 GDP nowcast still shows solid rebound, according to the Oct. 19 update of an estimate from the Atlanta Fed. “The GDPNow model estimate for real GDP growth (seasonally adjusted annual rate) in the third quarter of 2022 is 2.9 percent on October 19, up from 2.8 percent on October 14,” the bank reports.