Updated: Aug 20, 2021
We continue to see a downward trend regarding COVID-19 in the United States; however, a recent increase in cases, mainly from a rise in testing, has occurred over the last week. It is possible that the lower outside temperatures caused a spike in cases, but the U.S. has still experienced more cases thus far compared to other regions. There is evidence of indirect deaths because of the lockdowns, too; in other words, additional people are dying from the lockdown along with the virus.
As the election quickly approaches, there is significant risk of political turmoil from to mail-in-voting, as well as the recent death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which left the Supreme Court justice position vacant.
Gross Domestic Product and Unemployment
There was a pause in GDP growth as unemployment is not improving as quickly as was hoped. Due to unemployment still being over average, additional stimulus. Small businesses are continuing to close, and a few are up and coming. Retail, restaurants, and other service-related business keep getting hit hard, putting a drag on the number of people employed.
Money Supply & Dollar Cost Averaging
Money supply continues to decline, and I am beginning to see weaknesses in money supply growth at a pace greater than could have been previously foreseen. Therefore, we expect a softening in capital markets; however, there is enough growth to continue having an inflationary effect.
While money supply decreases, the dollar is bouncing off of a technical resistance, and gold and precious metals are selling based on news. We continue to monitor the positions, but markets do not move in a straight line.
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