Weekly Commentary: Economy, Life & Topography

09.12.11

Last week the DJIA declined 2.2% again weighed down by concerns over the European debt crisis. This week the credit ratings for France’s largest private banks may be cut by Moody’s putting further downward pressure on the Euro.

This week look to Thursday for reports on the CPI and industrial production for August. CPI should show some easing of inflation concerns as lower commodity prices result in a reading of +0.2% down from +0.5% in July.

However, industrial production, which accounts for less than 20% of US GDP, is expected to be flat versus a +0.9% reading in July – further evidence that the U.S. economy continues to struggle with slower growth.

“Life is like topography, Hobbes. There are summits of happiness and success, flat stretches of boring routine, and valleys of frustration and failure.”
– Calvin & Hobbes