Here’s a brief round-up of some macro headlines (via Warren Mosler):
MBA Mortgage applications decreased last week: The Market Composite Index decreased 5.0%, The Refinance Index decreased 5.5%, and the Purchase Index decreased 3.8%. The refinance share decreased to 69.6% from 70.1, and the ARM share increased to 6.1% from 5.8%. The average 30-year rate increased to 4.57% from 4.54% and the average 15-year rate increased to 3.67% from 3.66%.
Durable Good Orders decreased 2.1% in June to a seasonally adjusted $191.98 billion, led by a 8.5% decrease in transportation equipment. Orders excluding volatile transportation equipment increased 0.1% after a 0.7% gain.
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Manufacturing Index was down 0.1% in June to 84.0 from May as higher steel and machinery production partially countered a decline among auto makers.
The fact that the domestic economy is losing traction is disconcerting. It’s like being a sick patient whose immune system is completely broken and we’re depending on the uncle no one can rely on (emerging markets) to take care of you….
Mr. Roche is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Discipline Funds.Discipline Funds is a low fee financial advisory firm with a focus on helping people be more disciplined with their finances.
He is also the author of Pragmatic Capitalism: What Every Investor Needs to Understand About Money and Finance, Understanding the Modern Monetary System and Understanding Modern Portfolio Construction.
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