Jobs Worst in History but A Big Light Ahead
The impact of the coronavirus-induced economic shutdown tore through the U.S. labor market in April at historic levels, slashing 20.5 million workers from nonfarm payrolls and sending the unemployment rate skyrocketing to 14.7%, the Labor Department reported Friday.
Both numbers easily smashed post-World War II era records and help reflect the profound damage done through efforts used to combat the virus.
Economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting payrolls to shed 21.5 million and the unemployment rate to go to 16%. April’s unemployment rate topped the post-war record 10.8% but was short of the Great Depression high estimated at 24.9%. The financial crisis peak was 10% in October 2009.
With the amount of job loss slowing and states getting back to work, measurably, the light at the end of the tunnel will get brighter and the jobless numbers will change to a more positive view, hopefully, as quickly as they were lost. That being said, many businesses and careers were crushed and will never return – but it will get better than current. Source: BLS and CNBC
China and the United States Agree on Trade
The top trade negotiators for the U.S. and China talked on the phone Friday, pledging to create favorable conditions for the phase one trade deal.
The two sides pledged to enhance economic and public-health cooperation and moved to create a favorable environment to implement the trade deal signed in January. The two sides also agreed to keep close communications, The news was reported after President Trump threatened to “terminate” the trade deal if China failed to buy promised goods and services from the U.S.
China has agreed to purchase an additional $200 billion in U.S. products and services over two years compared with the amount in 2017. But analysts say the coronavirus pandemic has made it hard for Beijing to realize that goal.
MARKET ADVANCE – Green Light
Let’s take a look at the Charts
Markets for the S&P 500 are staying above support. Generally, a disheartening sign is that markets are opening higher, then fading and closing lower through the day giving extremely weak signal on progress. Hopefully that ends today.
WealthSentry Advance – Cautiously
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We will re-balance this portfolio today with the elimination of some of a few of the weaker companies and replacing with companies which offer more potential. More in the weekend report.
What we continue to see is the WealthSentry Retire portfolios are generally offering the best risk to reward scenario for our clients.
You’re in WealthSentry – we’re watching opportunistically.