The International Monetary Fund just released their quarterly update to the World Economic Outlook, and now projects real global economic growth to slow to 3.2% this year (from 3.6% in 2018 and 3.8% in 2017). Interestingly, the main downgrades in growth were concentrated in emerging market economies, including India, Russia, Mexico and Brazil.
Jerome Powell’s testimony last week offered no pushback against rate-cut expectations, and if anything, actually stoked the fire. Bets of a 50 basis point cut, as opposed to 25, rose, indicating the market shifted to an even more dovish stance.
As you most likely know, last Friday’s strong jobs report – which showed 224,000 jobs created in June – has caused a bit of unease across the market. With investors now salivating over the prospect of a rate cut, robust economic data has come to be viewed with disdain. After all, who wants a strong economy when we can have asset-price juicing stimulus instead?
It’s hard to believe, but our current economic expansion is nearly 10 years old, and will soon become the longest economic expansion on record. However, it has also been the weakest of the 11 expansions that have taken place since 1949. Is this a coincidence?
We’re going to mix things up this week and begin our discussion with gold, which has finally broken out to the upside from a multi-year consolidation pattern. As you can see in the weekly chart below, gold has climbed above long-term resistance near 1375, and completed a bullish breakout of its ascending triangle pattern.