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‘For some time’ — Fed expects interest rates to remain steady, minutes show- Market Watch--5.22.19
Minutes from the Fed's May 1-ending interest-rate meeting revealed that members of the FOMC seemed comfortable with their "patient" stance on interest rates, and it could last from "some time."

The Boycott Begins: Chinese Company Orders Employees To "Stop Using American Products, Eating At KFC"- Zero Hedge--5.22.19
A Chinese company has told all of its employees to boycott American products and halt international travels to the U.S. The company told its employees in a new company policy that the use of iPhones, driving American automobiles, eating American fast food, using American products and even traveling to the U.S. was forbidden.

China tariffs could trigger one of the biggest waves of store closures the US has ever seen, sparking the second coming of the retail apocalypse- Business Insider--5.20.19
Higher tariffs on Chinese goods could force 12,000 stores to close within the year, putting more than $40 billion of sales as risk, one analyst says.

Federal bank regulator sees US economic growth slowing in 2019, 2020- Washington Examiner--5.20.19
The U.S. economy is expected to slow to its pre-2017 tax cut law level, a federal bank regulator said. They are expecting annual GDP growth slowing to 2.6% in 2019 and 1.9% in 2020.

'America will need better firefighters for next economic crisis'- Business Standard--5.17.19
Its not imminent, but the U.S. needs to be better prepared for the next economic crisis. Unless Washington makes significant changes, the first responders of the future will start with fewer and weaker tools.

Stocks fall in choppy session, despite trade progress- Fox Business--5.17.19
U.S. stocks closed lower on Friday after a choppy trading session as investors digested progress on trade deals with China and Mexico, while also worrying about trade conflict between the U.S. and China.

China has cut its holdings of US debt to the lowest level in two years amid trade tensions- CNBC--5.16.19
China has reduced its holdings of U.S. debt in March by about $20.5 billion, bringing its overall ownership down to $1.12 trillion. The holdings are now at their lowest level in two years and come amid escalating trade tensions.

Blacklisting Huawei takes the US-China trade war to a dangerous new level- CNN Business--5.16.19
Tensions just got higher between the U.S. and China as President Donald Trump signed an executive order barring U.S. companies from using telecoms gear from sources the administration deems a national security threat, an action which seems to target China and Huawei.

Trump administration to delay auto tariffs by up to six months: Sources- CNBC--5.15.19
The Trump administration plans to delay auto tariffs by up to six months, stopping itself from widening global trade disputes, according to several sources.

We Have 3 Years Before The National Debt "Death Spiral"- Zero Hedge--5.15.19
According to the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Debt Management, the U.S. government is about five years away before every single dollar the government borrows will go towards funding interest payments on the national debt.

A Record Number Of Investors Are Hedged For A Crash- Zero Hedge--5.14.19
According to a recent survey, a record 34% of investors said they have taken out protection against a sharp fall in equity markets over the next three months, the highest level ever on an absolute and net basis.

Cramer: ‘I don’t trust this market at all’ because it’s so dependent on Trump tweets- CNBC--5.14.19
Jim Cramer has voiced concern about the staying power of the stock market's bounce following President Donald Trump's latest tweetstorm.

S&P 500, Nasdaq end lower for fourth day after Trump claims China ‘broke the deal’- Market Watch--5.9.19
U.S. stocks finished lower for a fourth straight session as trade tensions intensified after President Donald Trump threatened tariff retaliation on China.

A closely followed recession indicator just flashed red for the 2nd time this year- Markets Insider--5.9.19
The yield curve inverted for the second time this year as the 3-month yield climbed above the 10-year yield. A yield-curve inversion has historically signaled a recession is coming in the medium-term.

China says it will take 'necessary' countermeasures if US raises tariffs Friday- CNBC--5.8.19
China's Commerce Ministry said on Wednesday that Beijing will retaliate if U.S. tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods are hiked to 25%. The post came just hours after Trump said that Beijing officials informed the White House that Chinese Vice Premier Liu He will try to make a deal.

Markets are worrying about slower global growth again- CNBC--5.8.19
Higher tariffs and the absence of a trade deal will force investors to lower estimates for global GDP and global earnings growth.

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