Monthly Macro Chart Book

Macro Chart Book – February 2020

Inflationary concerns caused bond yields to spike, investors shifted into value stocks, and employment data was better than expected. These and other economic topics are examined in February’s edition of Julex’s Monthly Macro Chart Book.

Macro Chart Book – January 2020

With a majority in the House and Senate, Biden was able to push through his $1.9 trillion stimulus package without Republican support. Even with the large package, it is expected that the deficit will fall from the record $3.1 trillion shortfall in 2020. After leading all major countries in 2020 performance, China has started 2021 strong, leading all large developed and emerging market countries in terms of equity performance. On the heels of the captivating GameStop saga, volume on precious metals was through roof at the end of the month. These and other economic topics are examined in January’s edition of Julex’s Monthly Macro Chart Book.

Macro Chart Book – December 2020

Energy, financials, and real estate companies were the only sectors with negative performance on the year. Among major developed countries, only Chinese equities had a better year. With net exports at the lowest point since 2006, there is uncertainty regarding how the next administration will handle trade, especially as it relates to China. These and other economic topics are examined in December’s edition of Julex’s Monthly Macro Chart Book.

Macro Chart Book – November 2020

Vaccine progress drove stocks higher as value outperformed growth and small caps outperformed large caps. Only energy, financial, and real estate companies are negative on the year. While the United States is one of the top performing developed markets in 2020, the last three months have been kinder to European and Asian countries.  Corporate Profits are back at record highs, and the lack of anticipated inflation has pushed gold off it’s all-time highs. These and other economic topics are examined in November’s edition of Julex’s Monthly Macro Chart Book.”

Macro Chart Book – October 2020

Election uncertainty was the biggest driver of uncertainty as large caps took a small hit on the month. On the other hand, Q3 GDP data was more positive than originally thought, consumer sentiment was elevated from September, and Manufacturing PMI continued its rapid ascent from March lows. These and other economic topics are examined in October’s edition of Julex’s Monthly Macro Chart Book.”

Macro Chart Book – September 2020

Pandemic fears, social unrest, and political uncertainty drove a small sell-off. Home sales increased more than 12% thanks to low mortgage rates and an influx of housing starts. Partially due to a decreasing labor force, unemployment dropped below 8%. These and other economic topics are examined in September’s edition of Julex’s Monthly Macro Chart Book.

Macro Chart Book – August 2020

The V-Shaped recovery in equities was realized after the S&P 500 crossed pre-pandemic highs. The Fed has pushed back against inflationary concerns as they anticipate zero interest rates and continued expansion in their $7 trillion balance sheet for the foreseeable future. The federal deficit is back in the spotlights after it is projected to eclipse federal taxes for the first time ever. Trade continues to be problematic as imports have largely recovered, but exports remain some $40 billion monthly less than their pre-pandemic levels. These and other economic topics are examined in August’s edition of Julex’s Monthly Macro Chart Book.

Macro Chart Book – July 2020

Q2 GDP was the worst annualized fall since World War II. Even so, strong gains in the labor and housing market raised hopes for a V-shaped recovery. As equity prices approached their pre-pandemic levels, gold also ran up past $2000/oz on inflationary concerns. These and other economic topics are examined in July’s edition of Julex’s Monthly Macro Chart Book.