Hello, folks, this is Derek Merkler, the Military Financial Advisor with my economic update for September 2019.
In August, all eyes were on the U.S.-China trade dispute. The White House announced new tariffs on Chinese goods. Some are effective now; some will be effective in December. China retaliated, in two ways. First, it manipulated its currency by reducing its value compared to the U.S. dollar. Currency devaluation makes Chinese goods less expensive for U.S. buyers and it may help offset the impact of tariffs.Second, it scheduled new tariffs on American goods.Trade talks between the U.S. and China may resume this month though, of course, time will tell.
On Main Street, consumer spending was strong. So was consumer confidence. Core retail sales were up one percent in July. Personal spending was up sixth-tenths of a percent.According to the Conference Board, households thought the current economic situation was the best it’s been in 19 years. 
Also, bond prices rose in August for a myriad of reasons and bond yields fell as a result. When July ended, the 10-year Treasury was yielding 2 percent. When August ended, the yield was 1.5 percent.
Right now, Wall Street is focused on trade. But it may also respond to the August jobs report as well as the Fed’s next meeting, which wraps up on the 18th. Investors are eager to see what the Fed has to say about U.S. monetary policy.
That’s it for this month’s educational economic update.
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