On Friday, the Bureau Of Labor Statistics (BLS) released their regularly monthly employment report – this is the first report in some time where ….
“Good News is Bad News?”
Here is why some believe this!
Good Economic News = Bad News?
Last Friday, November 2, 2018 the BLS released their regular monthly employment report that showed terrific economic numbers.
A fantastic, total 3.7% unemployment rate.
In addition to the above Unemployment level, average hourly earnings were also released and they were up 3.1% year over year — breathing a much needed pay increase to many ….
The bad news for many is that they believe these good numbers will give the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) ammunition for continued rate increases.
Currently FOMC members are on record saying they will raise rates in December and three more times next year (2019).
The worry is an eventual inverted yield curve – which we have mentioned many times is a very good precursor to a recession!
By looking at this chart, we are far from an inverted yield curve at this time- leading us to believe this “Good News = Bad News” may be very unwarranted…
Now you know the rest of the story !
Have a Great “Good News is GOOD News” Day!
John A. Kvale CFA, CFP