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4 Surprising Charts

By Michael McKeown, CFA, CPA - Chief Investment Officer

Just the facts, ma’am.

Below is a collection of charts and data detailing areas affecting the global economy and markets. 

According to the World Development Bank’s latest available information, the U.S. tariff on all products is 1.6%.  This compares to 3.5% for China.  The lowest is Canada which comes in at 0.9%.

Many analysts are discussing the low savings rate for households, which is a meager 2.8%.  The lowest savings rate was 1.9% in 2005.  The Fed funds rate is expected to rise next week to a range of 1.75% to 2.00%.  Prior to the last five recessions, the fed funds rate was above the savings rate. 

The price to earnings ratio based on analysts’ expectations for earnings over the next one-year period is below.  The number is back to the average of the last five years at just below 17.  This is the lowest since July 2016.

Is Amazon a technology company or a retail company?  It is classified by Standard & Poor’s in the S&P 500 as a consumer discretionary stock (retail).  Many would say it is a technology company.  If it were grouped into the technology sector, the total weight of the technology sector within the S&P 500 Index would be about 30%.  The technology sector plus Amazon reached 33.4% at the height of the technology bubble in 2000.

This chart storm gives perspective on a few areas we think are interesting today.

 

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