Trump’s corporate tax cut is supply-side stimulus I could agree with if done right, even though it primarily helps the rich. Trump's cut of the top rate from 35% to 15% is the largest of its kind in the history the United States.
NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is probing why Exxon Mobil hasn’t written down the value of its assets, two years into a pronounced crash in oil prices. To be sure, it is most likely that Scheiderman is looking for another career-boosting witch hunt, which however is not to say that Exxon is blameless in this particular case.
Glutter and Glutterer... Oil prices are extending their losses this morning as disappointing US economic growth indicators combined with expectations of a surge in supply from Nigeria and Libya are adding to fears about increasing overhang of oil stocks.
When numbers get into the billions or trillions, they start to lose context. The U.S. national debt is one of those numbers. It currently sits at $19.5 trillion, which is actually such a large number that it is truly difficult for the average person to comprehend.
Since the end of QE3 (Oct 2014), the broadest measure of the US equity market (NYSE Composite) is modestly lower (-1.2%). However, 5 US stocks have soared an impressive 35% since then. In fact, as Bloomberg reports, the five biggest companies in the world by market value were all U.S. tech companies (a feat that wasn't even achieved during the exuberant peaks in the dot-com bubble in 2000).
European stocks and Asian shares rose, U.S. equity futures were unchanged and the yen surged after the BOJ shocked markets and kept its QE program unchanged, defying market expectations of a big boost to its monetary stimulus program.