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Bloomberg (June 30)

2022/ 07/ 03 by jd in Global News

“The Federal Reserve is cooling off the red-hot housing market as it fights to curb inflation by driving up interest rates.” The ensuing “housing slowdown is helping to solve the US real estate market’s most intractable problem: tight inventory.” New sellers are entering the market at a faster pace while there are “fewer buyers competing.” As a result, “the number of active US listings jumped 18.7% in June from a year earlier, the largest annual increase in data going back to 2017.”

 

Investment Week (June 29)

2022/ 07/ 01 by jd in Global News

“Shop price inflation in the UK accelerated to a near 14-year high in June, powered by a sharp rise in food prices as retailers battle rising supply chain expenses and a decline in consumer spending. Shop prices were up by 3.1% in June, up from 2.8% in May.” This marked “the highest rate of inflation since September 2008” and it was largely “powered by 5.6% growth in food prices.”

 

Financial Times (June 29)

2022/ 07/ 01 by jd in Global News

Hong Kong elite are visiting Japan on posh tours to invest in Tokyo. Property brokers say the tours demonstrate “the appeal of the weak yen” and “the way in which the Tokyo market seemed immune from the recessionary worries swirling around other capitals.”

 

Forbes (June 28)

2022/ 06/ 30 by jd in Global News

“The question on everybody’s mind in the crypto world is whether we’ve reached the market bottom. Nearly $2 trillion in crypto market value has evaporated since November…. But the fallout is far from complete.” With over “600 crypto exchanges around the world operating in a largely unregulated frontier,” there are others that are already insolvent. Many promised unreasonably high yields, which “worked fine when crypto was going nowhere but up. It looks disastrous now.”

 

Barron’s (June 27)

2022/ 06/ 29 by jd in Global News

“Russia’s first default on its foreign debt in more than 100 years is the latest sign that the sanctions… have consequences,” but it’s a “symbolic win.” Energy prices remain the biggest impact of sanctions. “Oil prices aren’t coming down as long as Western powers are working to wean themselves off Russian supply. Faster inflation and rising interest rates, meanwhile, are bringing the global economy to its knees.”

 

Market Watch (June 27)

2022/ 06/ 28 by jd in Global News

“Stock futures are inching higher at the start of the week as investors seemingly cling to newfound optimism that a bond rout is ending, and the Fed’s rate-hike plans will get pruned due to a global slowdown.” There are, of course, no shortage of issues like surging inflation, but Brynne Kelly suspects “the next black swan for markets could be failing power grids and electricity shortages.” These could prove “catastrophic” as we move into the “height of the summer cooling season amid rising temperatures.”

 

Wall Street Journal (June 27)

2022/ 06/ 28 by jd in Global News

“Workers throughout the economy are demanding bigger raises to compensate for soaring prices. This could push inflation higher as companies pass along higher wage costs in the price of goods and services.” Though bond markets haven’t determined “how serious the Fed is about controlling inflation… workers aren’t waiting to find out as they seek higher pay.”

 

Washington Post (June 25)

2022/ 06/ 27 by jd in Global News

“In a blistering hot June around the Northern Hemisphere, in which heat records have fallen on every continent, Japan is the latest to swelter. On Saturday, temperatures there shot above 104 degrees (40 Celsius) for the first time on record during the month, another clear sign of the sweeping effects of human-caused climate change.”

 

Reuters (June 24)

2022/ 06/ 27 by jd in Global News

“A scramble for lithium” is creating “new risks for electric-car makers. Breathtaking prices are prompting the industry to find new ways to secure the crucial battery ingredient,” often through “direct contracts with miners and refiners” with “options to buy 100% or more of a project’s planned production capacity.” Although “vertical integration is tempting when times are tough,” it can leave buyers overstretched and “dealmaking under duress makes miscalculations more likely.”

 

The Guardian (June 24)

2022/ 06/ 26 by jd in Global News

“Even for an embattled prime minister leading an unpopular party in their 12th year of rule, this was a pretty dire pair of results.” The defeats in the byelection will “cast pall over Boris Johnson’s pitch that he is an election winner.” The Tiverton and Honiton upset was especially remarkable. The seat had been a stronghold for 130 years before the 24,000-plus Conservative majority was lost in “the largest numerical majority ever overturned in a byelection,” an altogether “stunning success” for the opposition.

 

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