Posts ByDavid Goldman, Author at Affluent Christian Investor
Bannon Tells Asia Times: US Election Is All About China
Steve Bannon, former senior White House strategist and CEO of Donald Trump’s winning 2016 presidential campaign, believes China will be center stage at the upcoming US presidential election.
Trump was lagging in the polls against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton … Read More
Horror And Humiliation In Minneapolis
Why did the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd in police custody arouse a national wave of revulsion? There are two vectors to this wave: The humiliation of American blacks and the horror of white liberals.
If police are … Read More
Asian Century Began In May 2020
Economic historians may date the start of the Asian century to May 2020, when most Asian economies bounced back to full employment while the West languished in coronavirus lockdown. Asia has emerged as an economic zone as closely integrated as … Read More
Who’s Decoupling From Whom?
China’s March export value rose 8.5% year on year, diverging widely from analyst forecasts which foresaw a 12% decline. Strong exports growth to Asia, and especially Southeast Asia, fed the unexpected improvement.
The March data denote a steady increase in Asian … Read More
U.S. Recovery Hopes Sink With Small Business Jobs
Wednesday’s employment report by Automatic Data Processing showed the biggest decline on record for the month of April, with smaller businesses hit the worst. Businesses with fewer than 500 employees provide almost half of all American jobs. Most affected by … Read More
Fake News On Trump, China Belies White House Caution
“Trump Says China May Be ‘Knowingly Responsible’ for Virus,” Bloomberg’s Mario Parker misreported the president’s April 18 press briefing. Trump made no such accusation; rather, he said that he would be angry if China had released the coronavirus deliberately. His … Read More
US-China Decoupling: A Reality Check
I was a decoupler before decoupling was cool. I have advocated selective decoupling of the US economy from China for the past four years, arguing that the United States requires absolute self-sufficiency in strategic areas such as defense electronics. That, Dr Henry … Read More
A Bridge Loan Too Far Blows Up World Bond Markets
Investors had no place to hide as stock and bond markets tanked simultaneously for the first time since the 1980s, when markets offered no hedges against collapsing values. In 2008, bond prices rose sharply as stock markets crashed. Now bonds … Read More
Fed Cuts Rates By 50 Basis Points, Markets Shrug
The US Federal Reserve reduced its target rate by half a percentage point to a target range of 1% to 1.25%, in response to likely economic weakness arising from the coronavirus outbreak. Goldman Sachs’ GDP tracking model now projects negative … Read More
Weak Consumption, Economy Could Sink Trump Re-Election Bid
US President Donald Trump’s case for re-election in 2020 comes down to his economic record. New forecasts from two Federal Reserve banks, though, warn of near-recession conditions just as the presidential election campaign is getting underway.
Both the New York … Read More
5G Policy ‘Biggest Strategic Disaster In U.S. History’
A prominent Republican who advises President Donald Trump called America’s 5G strategy “the biggest strategic disaster in US history.” US efforts to impede China’s telecom giant Huawei from dominating the global market in fifth-generation mobile broadband have failed, while incompetent … Read More
Can Trump Back Away From Trade War In Time To Avoid Recession?
Collapsing US export orders dragged down the widely-followed National Association of Purchasing Managers’ index for industrial production to the lowest level since 2009. Two days earlier, China’s Caixin manufacturing survey reported a second month of modest improvement. The two surveys … Read More
Donald Trump’s Dance Of Defeat
As the United States and China escalate the past year’s trade dispute into full-scale economic war, the decisive fact in the conflict has gone entirely unmentioned: China has already won the critical engagement in the conflict.
It did so when … Read More
How Not To Restore American Industry
For every complex problem,” H. L. Mencken said, “there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong.” Then there are answers that aren’t even wrong, but merely irrelevant—for example, the notion that a weaker U.S. dollar exchange rate will … Read More
Deflation, Demand, And The Federal Reserve
Equity investors buy when the Fed is easy and sell when the Fed is tight as surely as Pavlov’s dogs salivated when they heard the dinner bell. The market got a bit ahead of itself with apocalyptic expectations about the … Read More
June Employment Data Show Steady Economic Weakening
The unexpected 224,000 increase in US payroll employment reported last Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics stood out against a wave of depressing economic data, and provoked a bounce in US bond yields from a three-year low. Viewed in … Read More
US Fed Decision Keeps Stocks Treading Water
The Federal Reserve left rates unchanged, but indicated that cuts were likely later this year. American stocks barely bounced after the Federal Open Market Committee took a decidedly dovish stance at its Wednesday meeting.
More indicative than the performance of … Read More
How I Nailed The May Payroll Bust
The Labor Department reported this morning that the US economy added just 75,000 nonfarm jobs in May, below the lowest estimate in the Bloomberg consensus survey, which called for an increase of 175,000.
That is, not a single Wall Street … Read More
U.S. Fed Mumbles, Stocks Stumble
U.S. equity markets crashed, giving up earlier gains of more than 1%, after the Federal Reserve took less notice of market risks than investors had hoped.
Investors headed for the doors when Fed Chairman Jerome Powell insisted during his press … Read More
The China Trade Reality Show
For at least a month, there has been no doubt that Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping would agree to agree at the Buenos Aires summit. The threats, remonstrations and hints of high officials were for the most part scripted. … Read More
It’s Time To Sell US Stocks
By two simple valuation measures, the S&P 500 is overvalued by the biggest margin in twenty years.
First, the S&P 500 level has run ahead of earnings per share to an extent not seen since 1999, right before the great … Read More
China Seeks Framework For November Deal With Trump
Ahead of a possible meeting next month between US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, the White House tempered any optimism that a trade truce with Beijing is imminent when top economic advisor Larry Kudlow accused China … Read More
The World Lines Up Against The US
The United States starts a tariff war with China. Japan and Germany jump at the chance to gain market share in China’s booming auto industry and boost their capacity in China, the world’s fastest-growing passenger car market.
The United … Read More
Open Letter To Larry Kudlow: You Need A Different China Strategy
Dear Larry: China threatens American preeminence and President Trump is right to worry about it. But you’re going about it the wrong way, and your approach will produce results very different from what you expect or want.
When you say: … Read More