Atlas is a peaceful bunch. We don’t like wars, including those revolving around trade. But everywhere one looks it seems like nations are turning their backs to one another. Instead of finding new ways to work together and prosper, countries are looking for new barriers. This is not just a recent phenomenon. Brexit started off two years ago as the U.K.
First, happy Friday. You made it through another week and are likely to embark on a long weekend. Monday is Memorial Day, so Atlas and the markets are closed. Summer is about to unofficially begin and the driving season along with it. Many Americans will find themselves at the petrol station filling up as they add miles to the odometer.
Long ago I was told the tale of an ancient shaman who, approached by a woman who seemed incapable of bearing a child, suggested she sleep with her husband on a lion’s hide. Lo and behold she gave birth shortly thereafter to a son. A curious friend who also was barren asked her what caused the miracle. Thereupon she too visited the shaman, was given a tiger’s hide,
America’s central bank increased the overnight interest rate (called the Fed Funds Rate) on Wednesday. This is the Federal Reserve’s sixth hike since they began raising rates in December 2015. At the time, Janet Yellen led the institution; four subsequent increases happened under her watch. On February 5, 2018, Jerome Powell assumed the office, and he now has his f
Happy Friday! Markets continued swinging throughout the week and could probably use some rest this weekend. After a relatively quiet period last year, 2018 has ushered in a new regime of volatility. However, this is quite standard; it was 2017’s quiescence which was abnormal. Market indicators continue suggesting the path of least resistance is up, but Atlas is not complacent.