January 23, 2020

A Killer - Heart disease is responsible for almost 1 of every 4 deaths (23%) in the United States annually, i.e., 647,000 deaths out of 2.835 million total deaths in 2019 (source: Center for Disease Control). Reprinted with permission from BTN.

January 22, 2020

Really Low - Inflation, as measured by the “Consumer Price Index” (CPI), was up +2.3% for 2019.  For the decade of the 2010s, inflation was up just +1.8% per year, the lowest decade of inflation in the USA since the 1930s.  By comparison, the decade of the 1970s suffer...

January 21, 2020

All The People - The population of the United States was projected by the Census Bureau to be 330 million as of 1/01/20.  50 years ago (in 1970) our nation’s decennial census, i.e., occurring every 10 years, measured the population at 203 million.  100 years ago (1920)...

January 17, 2020

They Changed Their Mind - The Fed reversed its course in 2019, flipping from 9 rate-hikes implemented over a 3-year period (with the last rate hike completed on 12/19/18) to 3 rate-cuts last year (with the first rate-cut implemented on 7/31/19).  The “policy pivot” fro...

January 16, 2020

They Don't Want It - From the first quarter of 2017 to October 2019, US exports of plastic waste to China, i.e., recycled plastic, has declined 89% (source: Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries).  Reprinted with permission from BTN.

January 15, 2020

New Law – President Trump signed on Friday 12/20/19 the “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019” (aka the SECURE Act).  The legislation increases the required minimum distribution age from 70 ½ to 72 for Americans who turn 70 ½ after 12/31/19...

January 14, 2020

Top Dogs - 2019 Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow of LSU was born on 12/10/96.  Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens, favored to be the 2019 NFL MVP, was born on 1/07/97, or a month after Burrow (source: NFL).  Reprinted with permission from BTN.

January 13, 2020

UP vs. DOWN - The split between “up” and “down” trading days for the S&P 500 over the last 50 years (i.e., 1970-2019, encompassing a total of 12,613 trading days) is 53% “up” and 47% “down.”  The split during calendar year 2019 (there were 252 trading days last year) w...

January 10, 2020

Housing - The average interest rate nationwide on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage was 3.74% at the end of 2019.  The record low national average was 3.31% as of 11/22/12 or just over 7 years ago (source: Freddie Mac). Reprinted with permission from BTN.