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Its moving day at Liberty University for two Budds

That’s the case for North Carolina Republican Rep. Ted Budd, who’s sending his son Joshua off to Liberty University’s School of Business. The father-son duo tag-teamed the move into Joshua’s dorm room with help (or lack thereof) from an old colleague, former congressman and tea party favorite Dave Brat.

Joshua Budd, who’s entering his freshman year, will be majoring in outdoor adventure leadership with a minor in business, according to a spokesman from Budd’s office.

The major “strategically prepares you with the Biblical foundation and professional skills you’ll need for planning, organizing, programming, and marketing Christian camping and outdoor adventure ministry programs,” according to the university’s website.

Liberty, a private Christian university in Virginia, was founded in the 1970s by televangelist Jerry Falwell. It’s now led by his son, Jerry Falwell Jr., an early and vocal supporter of President Donald Trump.

About those degrees that can secure a good paying job? lol...

DOW 26203

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NASDAQ : 8020 ▲

S&P : 2924 ▲

Soybeans : 8.60 ▲

Up tick for today..

DOW 25962.

Previous close 26135. 52 wk high 27398. 52 wk low 21712. Today's low 25952. High 26160.

NASDAQ : 7948 ▼

S&P : 2900 ▼

Soybeans : 8.56 ▲

Corporate debt, rate cuts, and the stock market.

The amount of corporate debt has increased substantially in the last decade.The graph below shows how leveraged loans have more than doubled since 2006. This is not a financially healthy situation.

"Of course, many of these bonds are simply financial engineering to buy back stock to increase earnings per share. Uber-low long-term interest rates thanks to QE have allowed companies to do this cheaply.

The FED must have realized that raising interest rates to 3% or over would have resulted in such a large amount of debt becoming unsustainable and turned dovish in March 2019.

It is important to understand that companies have concentrated on financial engineering to boost stock prices by implementing share buyback programs that have been financed by debt. The capital has not been invested in R & D (Research and Development) or in Capex (Capital Expenditure) in order to strengthen the company and make it more resistant to a crisis or recession. Capital has been grossly misallocated, and the economy is basically weaker than it should be and therefore more prone to suffer disastrously when there is an economic downturn.

Then there is the shale oil Ponzi scheme to be considered in the context of corporate debt. Even with an oil price over $60 small and medium-sized producers are still going to have to cope with negative cash flows. As the oil majors crowd into shale oil, they too will find that the rate of well depletion is so high that continually more capital is required to keep production at a high level. The amount of debt owed by the shale oil producers is extremely high. At a certain point investors are going to stop financing operations that are cash burners just as investors have begun to tire of the hype over Tesla automobiles.

Fear of widespread defaults could cause investors and banks to be unwilling to finance zombie companies and those with negative cash flow. An economic slowdown could crimp company profits and slow down the rate of corporate share buybacks,

The federal debt is increasing at a fast pace, and the Treasury is going to need a lot of money to cover budget deficits. The government could thus soak up significant amounts of liquidity as it covers its need for cash. Of course if the market does not come up with liquidity, the FED could always buy Treasury paper,

If that is what will be necessary to avoid a liquidity crisis and the ensuring credit crunch that would result, it will be interesting to see how far the FED will go.

Please understand this is the a look of how things are today. So you have a better view of what supports the price of the stock market. Why the FED may lower rates is not solely about the trade war with China.

The FED can do so much with rate cuts. It can not prevent a down turn in the global growth cycle. As growth in the global economy slows, liquidity slows, lending slows and stock markets contract.

Taken together, the trade war and the slowing of the economic cycle, it's like watching Humpty-Dumpty on the proverbial wall.

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Soybeans : 8.54 ▼

Trump Grants Huawei 90 Day Reprieve

Trump Grants Huawei 90 Day Reprieve To Buy From American Suppliers

late on Friday Trump made another unexpected concession when the Commerce Department announced it would extend a reprieve given to Huawei permitting the Chinese firm to buy supplies from U.S. companies so that it can service existing customers.

Back in May, after the US Commerce Dept blacklisted Huawei, it allowed the Chinese telecom giant to purchase some American-made goods in a move aimed at minimizing disruption for its customers, many of which operate networks in rural America.

The “temporary general license” will be extended for Huawei for 90 days, according to Reuters, and will renew an agreement set to lapse on August 19, continuing the Chinese company’s ability to maintain existing telecommunications networks and provide software updates to Huawei handsets.

Despite the last minute reprieve, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker is still prohibited from buying American parts and components to manufacture new products without additional special licenses. Many Huawei suppliers have requested the special licenses to sell to the firm. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told reporters late last month he had received more than 50 applications, and that he expected to receive more.

And one more flip-flop by trump.

DOW 25886

Previous close 25579. 52 wk high 27398. 52 wk low 21712. Today's low 25678. High 25929. DOW + 1%

Last Friday DOW 26287.

NASDAQ : 7895 ▲ +1.6%

S&P : 2888 ▲ +1.4%

Soybeans : 8.67 ▲

WTI crude oil 54.87 ▲

A positive note for the end of the week. Stay safe and enjoy the weekend everyone.

The cost of the "strong" U.S. economy

Despite massive amounts of money being pumped into the economy by both fiscal and monetary policy, U.S. growth is slowing, not accelerating.

Driving the news: The U.S. budget deficit rose by nearly $120 billion in July, a 27% increase over a year ago, the Treasury Department announced Monday. The fiscal year deficit through July is now $866.8 billion, higher than the entire deficit from fiscal 2018 and on pace to top $1 trillion, making it the largest U.S. deficit since 2011.

A new agreement signed in July to avert another government shutdown and possible debt default will add an additional $320 billion in spending over the next 2 years, but will do little to increase U.S. competitiveness and growth, experts say.

Reality check: The spending binge that has taken place during the late stages of an economic recovery has U.S. GDP on pace to grow around 2% this year, which is about the average for the previous 8 years.


The Atlanta Fed raised its GDPNow forecast to 2.2% for the third quarter — higher than many economists are predicting, but well below enough to bring 2019's growth to the 3%-4% President Trump has sought.

Why it matters: The bump came after U.S. retail sales surged above expectations in July and sales at retailers including Amazon and Best Buy posted their biggest increase in 4 months. A strong earnings report from Walmart also helped drive optimism that American consumers are still shopping and perhaps are confident enough to carry the economy through trade war tensions.

DOW 25579

Previous close 25479. 52 wk high 27398. 52 wk low 21712. Today's low 25339. High 25629

NASDAQ : 7766 ▼

S&P : 28547 ▲

Soybeans : 8.58 ▼

WTI crude oil : 54.65 ▼

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