China reportedly said to expect record amount of US soybean purchases this year

Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter

The report says that China is said to expect a record amount of US soybean purchases this year as “lower prices help to boost purchases pledged under the Phase One trade deal”.
Adding that the total imports from the US will probably reach about 40 million tonnes in 2020, which will be around 25% more than the 2017 level – the baseline year for the deal.
That said, one of the sources did provide a caveat in saying that despite the forecast and expectation, China’s imports will ultimately be decided by soybean prices and the impact of the virus pandemic i.e. no firm commitment.
I don’t think the report here is a coincidence after customs data yesterday showed that Chinese imports of US soybeans were unusually low in July this year, while imports of Brazil soybeans surged considerably.
For some context, China’s purchases of US farm goods up until July are at just ~27% of the target implied by the Phase One trade deal.
US China

Fed Powell press conference highlights

Feds Powell conducts press conference after January 2020 interest rate decision

Fed's Powell
  • Fed wants to avoid misinterpretation with inflation wording
  • Not comfortable with inflation persistently under 2%
  • Want to signal not comfortable with prices below goal
  • We expect Bill purchases to make reserves ample in 2nd quarter
  • Fed will know when adjustments have run course when reserves are durably at a sustainable level
  • At some point the Fed will raise minimum bid rate on repos
  • reserve levels will have to be at a level high enough to remain ample. 1.5 trillion will be the bottom end of the range
  • he expects reserve fluctuation particularly around tax season
  • Fed will provide more details and will keep the process a smooth one
  • Fed’s attention is just to raise the level of reserves. That is our sole intention
  • Asked if Bill buying is QE , he says many things affect financial markets.
  • Most forecasts underestimated labor participation gains
  • Labor market continues to perform well
  • Labor wages have moved from about 2% to 3% currently
  • It is a bit surprising that wages haven’t risen more given such low unemployment

Market reaction:

  • Gold has moved to new session highs at $1575.84
  • US rates have moved lower with the 10 year falling to 1.5942%
  • NASDAQ index up 47 points at 9316.69. S&P index up 11.3 points (was up 13 points)
  • EURUSUD moved to New York session highs at 1.1015.  A trendline on the hourly chart is just ahead at 1.1017 and the falling 100 hour moving average is 1.10232
EURUSD looks to test topside trend line and falling 100 hour moving average

  • USDCHF is moving toward session lows.  Markets trading at 0.9728 from 0.9743. USDJPY moves lower as well (109.10 currently from 109.20).
More from Powell presser:
  • virus is a serious issue, significant human suffering
  • coronavirus likely to disrupt activity in China, maybe world
  • very uncertain about how far virus will spread
  • Fed’s carefully monitoring situation around coronavirus
  • sees grounds for cautious optimism on global economy
  • supportive financial conditions, trade tensions easing and lower odds of hard Brexit all contributed to more positive outlook
  • We will continue to adjust IOER as appropriate to help move the effective rate for the middle of the range
  • there is no current urgency to make decision on standing repo facility
  • over the long term it is possible there is a financial stability risk from climate change
  • in the very early stages of the impact from climate change
On China and USMCA
  • Phase 1 deal with China and USMCA is without question positive and should support the economy over time
  • Trade policies uncertainty remains elevated
  • Still have 2 or 3 active trade discussions going on at the moment
  • There is a wait and see attitude for businesses on trade
  • We need to be patient on trade deals economic impact
  • Does not yet see a decisive recovery for manufacturing
There is some modest moves to the downside in stocks and the USD has tilted to the downside (3:04 PM ET):
  • S&P index up 6.5 points
  • NASDAQ index up 32 points
  • The USD has ticked lower through the presser on a modest basis.
More from the Powell press conference:
  • We don’t think there is imminent risk on Chinese debt
  • Fed sees asset value valuations somewhat elevated, but not extreme
  • household that is in a good place
  • business debt is rising but not threatening stability
  • vulnerabilities to financial stability is moderate overall
Press conference ends at 3:23 PM ET.

11 Wuhan residents traveling back from abroad were found infected with the coronavirus

The Global Times conveying the report citing China customs

  • 11 Wuhan residents traveling back from abroad were found infected with the novel coronavirus as of 6 am Tuesday
Well, that’d suck.
So, its probably reasonable to say that some of these folks (likely all of them) headed away from Wuhan while inflected but not showing any symptoms, and by the time they returned began to show symptoms (fever, for example).
Its probably also reasonable to think they have infected others while away.

US Treas Sec Mnuchin says tariffs on China to remain in place until phase 2

US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin

  • says tariffs will stay in place until there’s a phase 2 of china trade agreement
  • says Trump may consider removing tariffs under phase 2
  • says China has made strong commitments it will not manipulate currency

US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin 

Japan trade balance for October Y 17.3bn (expected Y 229.3bn)

Japan trade balance for October Y 17.3bn

  • expected Y 229.3bn, prior Y -124.8bn

trade balance adjusted Y -34.7bn

  • expected Y 248.1bn, prior Y -97.2bn

exports -9.2% y/y –  worse than expected and the biggest y/y fall in 3 years.

  • expected -7.5%, prior 5.2%

imports -14.8% y/y – not as bad as expected but not good, ditto on the biggest y/y fall in 3 years.

  • expected -15.2%, prior -1.5%
More on export performance. Exports to:
  • the US down 11.4% y/y
  • to China down 10.3% y/y
  • to the EU down 8.4% y/y
  • to Asia down 11.2% y/y

Fitch reports on Chinese tariffs impacting US agriculture

Chinese tariffs stinging farmers

Chinese tariffs stinging farmers
  • Chinese tariffs on US agricultural imports escalate trade related risks to US farm sector , which is experiencing falling sales and land values
  • Ongoing trade wars impact equipment loan and lease ABS collateral performance
  • Ongoing trade wars have placed greater pressure on already stressed US agricultural sector
Biting tariffs will get Trump to the dealing table quicker than anything else, I would say. He won’t want to see tariffs stinging the US.

US imposes new China tariffs, raising levies to pre-WWII level

The U.S. slapped fresh tariffs on Chinese goods on Sunday to bring the average to more than 20%, comparable with levels seen during the protectionist era preceding World War II.

At 12:01 a.m. EDT, the U.S. imposed additional tariffs of 15% on about $110 billion in imports from China, covering 3,243 items. Consumer goods account for about half — far more than the 20%-plus of the previous round last September, which included such products as furniture. China’s corresponding tariffs against U.S. products took effect at the same time.

U.S. President Donald Trump postponed tariffs on 555 items on the original list — including smartphones — until Dec. 15 to soften the impact on the year-end shopping season. More than 80% of American imports of these goods come from China, and finding alternative sources is difficult. Higher tariffs are likely to lead to price increases, which risk weighing on consumer spending and thus the broader economy.

Digital consumer devices such as smartwatches are among the largest import categories by value affected by Sunday’s tariffs. More than half of all apparel is taxed as well.

China is retaliating with additional duties of 5% to 10% on $75 billion in imports from the U.S. The first tranche covers 1,717 goods including soybeans and crude oil, while the second set being implemented Dec. 15 will cover 3,361 items including autos.

But all told, fewer than 1,800 of these items — only about 35%, including crude oil — are new additions. Most have already been hit by previous rounds of tit-for-tat tariffs.

Beijing has already imposed tariffs on about 70% of its imports from the U.S. by value, and after these rounds, the only items left untouched will be those that it would be disadvantageous to domestic industry to tax, such as large aircraft. Previous tariff rounds have already led to sharp declines in imports of affected goods, and further hikes are unlikely to have much of an effect.

With the September duties, the average American tariff on Chinese goods rises to slightly above 21%, up from about 3% before the trade war, according to Chad Bown of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. China’s average tariff on imports from the U.S. climbs to nearly 22%. (more…)

Six reasons why US stock markets have trounced the rest of the world

The lessons of equity markets don’t apply universally

It’s the US independence day holiday and this chart should give Americans more to cheer about than any other.
The lessons of equity markets don't apply universally
It shows equity returns since 1985 and the S&P 500 absolutely crushes every other major global index. The only one that’s even close is the MSCI World Index and that’s partly because it contains a heavy weighting in US equities.
Corporate America  truly is the champion of the world.


The Technical Aspects of Trading Emotions- Anirudh Sethi

Image result for Trading EmotionsEach seminar and book will disclose to you that controlling your feelings and have taught in your trading are fundamental to your prosperity. In any case, nobody reveals to you how to accomplish passionate control and individual teachers while trading the market. Each trader sees the market distinctively in light of the fact that our past, our present lives, and our discernments are special. Understanding those things about yourself and tackling their impact on your trading will enable you to continue trading substances free of enthusiastic flotsam and jetsam. Here are a few stages that will have any kind of effect. You should adopt a specialized strategy to your feelings and teach preparing similarly as you adopt a specialized strategy to dissecting a stock outline. However, before we get into the coordination of how to control feelings, you should see a few rudiments of why some market members have strong control of their feelings while others don’t. Experience considerable difficulties recently? Is it true that you are getting a handle on worried about it? Assuming this is the case, you may find that a lot of the proposals you ordinarily get to enable you to the center are not doing a mess of good. You have been adhering to your trading technique as well as can be expected and endeavoring to trade with train, yet things still are not working out. You continue losing trades in any case, and you have a feeling that your entire basic leadership handle is a wreck.

Trading Emotion is Required to Understand Market Vibrations

All value activity in stocks is fundamentally reliant on enthusiastic responses from differing market members. Without feelings, cost sits level. There are numerous degrees of passionate surges, influxes of happiness and covetousness, and floods of frenzy and sadness that drive costs up or down. What’s more, dependable inside those waves are the executioner tear tides that originate from the individuals who have figured out how to control feelings and wipe out the individuals who don’t have control. At last, achievement in the market is a mix of foreseeing the following move and the moves of the various market members who may enter that stock, and decide when you ought to take an interest. Shockingly, most traders trade the market not as though they were playing chess with the many-sided quality of the game of poker. However, they were in Las Vegas, betting on a roulette wheel. On occasion this way, you now and then need to handle the intense subject matters which are throwing you off track before you begin managing specialized parts of the circumstance. Possibly you are making blunders with your trading framework and how you utilize your pointers, yet you might not be able to settle those mistakes in your present mental state. You just can’t see obviously when your brain is a jumble of enthusiastic debris. In the event that that is your circumstance, I prescribe that you went through an enthusiastic agenda before you proceed. You should recognize any enthusiastic injuries which might be meddling in your trading, and afterward, make sense of regardless of whether those injuries are no less than one reason for your present issues. In the realm of stock trading, there are Master Traders who have control over their feelings and after that, there are the Gambler traders who purchase and offer construct absolutely with respect to feeling whether they understand it or not. A Master Trader joins the expertise of a chess player who envisions a rival’s moves and plans his own particular well ahead of time and furthermore utilizes the poker player’s reign in never uncovering his hand he uncovers it. A card shark is basically responding to his feelings without rationale or thinking ahead in what he does. Market members who trade the market with the ability of a Master Chess Player–anticipating value activity days, weeks, and months ahead of time; fusing the ‘never uncover your hand’ part of poker–have the extraordinary favorable position over speculator traders. They have control over their feelings and thus control over how they trade. The card shark trader is simply tossing money at the market and trusting something will go their direction. (more…)

10 Trading -Wisdom Quotes

  1. Ignore hearsay and don’t let your ego get the better of you.

“I learned that an opinion isn’t worth that much. It is more important to listen to the market.”
“Most traders who fail have large egos and can’t admit that they are wrong. Even those who are willing to admit that they are wrong early in their career can’t admit it later on! Also, some traders fail because they are too worried about losing. I’m not afraid to lose. When you start being afraid to lose, you’re finished.”

Brian Gelber

  1. Timing is paramount.

“I don’t lose much on trades, because I wait for the exact right moment.”

Mark Weinstein

  1. Accept full responsibility for your actions and don’t fall prey to self-sabotage.

“Many people actually want to lose on a subconscious level.”

“The realization that you are responsible for your results is the key to successful investing. Winners
know they are responsible for their results; losers think they are not.”

Dr. Van K. Tharp (more…)

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