Gimmie Growth

June’s trade deficit swelled 18.8% to $49.9 billion, the highest since 10/08 and much worse than economists (what do they know) predicted. If annualized, the June deficit would be almost $600 billion. That data along with recent inventory data suggest Q2 growth will very sluggish; 1.5%-1.7%. While certainly not recession territory, we have an economy that is vulnerable to shocks and is weaker than we want to believe.

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