The Independent Market Observer

Appearance on Nasdaq’s TradeTalks, June 15, 2021 [Video]

June 16, 2021

Yesterday I appeared on Nasdaq's TradeTalks to discuss economic risks, the impact of inflation on the markets, and more. Watch the full segment.

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Monday Update: Consumer Prices Rise by More Than Expected

June 14, 2021

Last week saw a number of important economic updates, with a focus on April’s international trade report, May’s consumer inflation report, and the preliminary estimate of the University of Michigan consumer sentiment report for June. Consumer inflation came in above economist estimates, but the markets largely shrugged off the news. This week will be another busy one, with updates on May’s retail sales, industrial production, and new home construction serving as potential highlights.

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Monday Update: Business Confidence Rebounds as Hiring Accelerates

June 7, 2021

Last week saw a number of important economic updates, with May’s business confidence and employment reports serving as highlights. This week will be relatively quiet, with only a few major releases scheduled. Given recent concerns about rising inflationary pressure, the focus will be largely on Thursday’s release of the Consumer Price Index for May.

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Monday Update (on Tuesday): Another Post-Pandemic Low for Initial Jobless Claims

June 1, 2021

Last week saw several important economic data releases, with the weekly initial jobless claims report and the April personal income and spending reports serving as highlights. Initial unemployment claims fell for the fourth week in a row, providing an encouraging sign for the labor market recovery. This week, which is short due to the holiday, will be relatively quiet, with updates focusing on business confidence and employment.

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Monday Update: Initial Jobless Claims Set New Pandemic-Era Low

May 24, 2021

Last week saw a number of economic updates, with a focus on housing, the minutes from the Fed’s most recent meeting, and the weekly initial jobless claims report. This will be another busy week for updates, with news to come on consumer confidence in May and April’s durable goods orders and personal income and spending reports.

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Monday Update: Inflationary Pressure Picks Up in April

May 17, 2021

Last week saw a number of important data releases, with much of the focus falling on the April inflation reports showing prices rising by more than expected during the month. This will be another busy week for updates, with the housing sector and the minutes from the most recent Fed meeting serving as highlights.

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Monday Update: Pace of Hiring Slows in April

May 10, 2021

Last week saw a number of important economic updates, with a focus on business confidence in April and the recent jobs reports. The April employment report showed a slowdown in the number of new jobs added, but weekly unemployment claims fell to a new pandemic-era low by the end of the month. This will be another busy week, with updates to come on April’s inflation, retail sales, and industrial production, as well as a first look at consumer confidence in May.

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