"What I say to you, I say to all. Keep on the Watch" - Jesus, the Christ, Mark 13:37
Welcome to the 'Week in Review'.
The job, or employment numbers came out. And they were beyond dismal.
What is interesting to me? Is that the U.S. Media seems to examine the unemployment and jobless numbers? As if they are complete stand alone numbers. As if people being out of work, which is horrendous, is the extent of tragedy of those numbers.
They are not.
Taxes, affect employment numbers.
When unemployment increases? That affects the governments ability to gather taxes. People aren't working. People who aren't working, don't pay a heck of a lot of taxes. The higher the unemployment goes, the less money the government gathers to pay back the massive debt that it has taken on in recent months.
This is an economic law. You cannot raise taxes to increase tax revenues. Especially on business. It cannot happen. It has never worked. Ever.
I discuss this, and the implications of the employment numbers, on what is coming down the road to this economy, in the following podcast. Just press play!
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This is a chart of the current "DOW Jones" Industrial Average, demonstrating the "Head and Shoulders" pattern:
The above is what is known as a "Head and Shoulders Pattern". In this pattern, the straight line at the bottom is known as the "Neckline". Or, on the DOW Jones, with consistent trading below the 8170 region. When these breaks occur? Then the market usually pulls back up to the neckline, before they continue further down.
Here's a picture of the Bond Curve, as it existed a few weeks ago:
Here's a picture of the Bond Curve, as it exists now:
It is ever so slightening, right before what is seasonally a huge bond rally. Cheaper rates can't delay what's coming. But it might possibly 'delay' it.
Update: You know, it's funny. I had those comments within the podcast on Saturday regarding the Chinese. And what comes out today in the news? This. Please, remember that in the system that we live in? Business is an adversarial game.
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