News for the Week of February 19-23, 2018

News for the Week of

February 19 to February 23, 2018


by David Abuaf, CFA

Investment Manager, RJFS



General Markets / Economic


1.     Startups are experimenting with “shared equity” which lets them take an ownership position along with a homeowner

2.     Mining companies are poised for a turnaround fueled by the global economy’s appetite for raw materials and the electric vehicle market

3.     Toy companies are scrambling to produce products tied to social media driven trends

4.     Treasury yields are nearing 3% for the first time in years, a development with significant implications for financial markets



Company News


1.     Facebook is contending with a new wave of criticism prompted by the US indictment detailing how Russia manipulated social-media platforms

2.     Albertsons plans to buy the rest of Rite Aid, as retailers respond to the threat of Amazon

3.     Qualcomm raised its bid for NXP to $44B, a move that could cause Broadcom to abandon its pursuit of Qualcomm




Commentary for the Week of

February 19 to February 23, 2018


by David Abuaf, CFA

Investment Manager, RJFS


This is exactly why knee jerk reactions are never a good thing. Remember a few weeks back when the “world” was “falling apart,” and everyone – maybe yourself included – thought equities were a terrible place to put your money? In the past few weeks the market (S&P 500) has recouped more than half of its loss!


Since the end of the Great Recession, many observers have been looking for factors that could trigger an end to the equity bull market. The latest concern has been a rise in bond yields and a corresponding increase in inflation. What we’ve seen over the past week has been:

1.     Bond yields are likely continuing to rise as interest rates are feeling upward pressure from accelerating US and global economic growth, rising inflation expectations, and tightening Fed policy.

2.     Inflation is also likely to continue rising. The unusual late economic cycle fiscal stimulus should increase the odds that inflation accelerates this year and next.

3.     Economic acceleration is underway with the manufacturing, service and composite Purchasing Managers Indexes all increasing more than expected in February

4.     Improving productivity measures could be the key to continuing an already-long expansion as stronger productivity would likely mean higher real and nominal gross domestic product growth and improved standards of living




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