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On the surface, this looks like an outstanding NFP Jobs Report.  But what concerns us, is the pace of growth in this data is slowing.  If you “pop the hood” on the Jobs data and it’s another year-over-year rate of change slowdown in NFP.  You’re reading this and thinking to yourself, what is he talking about?  Well this is what we’re talking about…

Rate of Change of Jobs Growth continues to decelerate….


-Slowdown in people hired

-Slowdown in hours worked

These 2 components ultimately translate into slower production which is ultimately a major component of GDP growth. 

Market Reaction:

The Bond market gets it – 10yr yields are dropping this morning (again) to 1.58% – 30yr Bonds up over a full handle (+1’04) and the 10yr Notes trading up +14 points

Stocks: Russell 2000 (Small Caps) down -1.0% this morning; SP500 -0.45%; NASDAQ -0.58%

Gold: +5.50 to 1575.50

Our overall view of the US Economy is that we’re very late cycle.  The peak of the US growth cycle was Q3 2018 just prior to the market  massacre that took place in Q4 2018.  Our call is for US GDP rate of change growth is expected to continue to decelerate from here. 

Our suggested market positioning for a Growth Slowing/Inflation Slowing Environment:

Top “Longs”
Long US Treasuries
Long US Dollars (until the Fed signals more stimulus via rate cuts and repos)
Long Gold

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John Caruso

Senior Market Strategist
Follow John on Twitter @JCarusoRJO. John began his career at Wilshire Quinn Capital, a Wealth Management Firm based out of Los Angeles, California. Prior to becoming a broker he did some individual trading on his own, where he first began to study and interpret different market strategies and ideas. In 2006 John moved over to Lind-Waldock where he began to service clients as a professional broker. He joined RJO Futures in 2011.
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