MONEY MARKET | September 2019

Taxable money market

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Patricia Larkin

Chief Investment Officer,
BNY Mellon CIS

There has been some slowdown in the U.S. economy as trade uncertainties and economic turmoil in other countries take their toll. While second quarter Gross domestic products (GDP) rose by 2.0%, led by a strong 4.7% increase in personal consumption, most forecasts are looking for slower growth in the current quarter. Both the New York and Atlanta Fed’s current projections see a 1.5% increase for the third quarter.

Job growth remains positive, although the pace of growth has slowed. August nonfarm payrolls increased by 130,000 while the unemployment rate held steady at 3.7%. Average hourly earnings remain solid with a 3.2% increase.

None of the current issues facing consumers and businesses are new. The back and forth trade threats and imposition of actual tariffs have become a daily occurrence. Brexit was voted on over three years ago and the political impairment in the U.S. has not materially changed since the Democrats regained the House in the 2018 election. Unfortunately there does not seem to be anything on the horizon to break this scenario, and in fact, things may get worse as the 2020 Presidential election approaches.

The Fed is on track to lower rates at their upcoming September 18th meeting. Further rates cuts seem likely in the coming months as Fed policymakers attempt to keep the expansion on track. They and other central bankers around the world have warned, however, that monetary policy alone can’t solve or prevent the economic fallout from political decisions that may turn out to be self-defeating.

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