The US economic recovery continued to make major gains under President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress this week; with US consumer spending hitting heights not seen in over nine and a half years.
“The surge in consumer spending reported by the Commerce Department on Monday sets a stronger base for growth in consumption heading into the second quarter after it slowed sharply in the first three months of the year,” writes Reuters.
“It further allayed concerns about the economy’s health, which had been brought to the fore by a temporary inversion of the U.S. Treasury yield curve last month,” adds the author.
The strong economic data comes on the same day the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite hit a new record for intraday trading.
“This may be the busiest week of everything in terms of catalysts,” said Art Hogan, chief market strategist at National Securities. “It makes sense for us to be sideways heading into that at best.”
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GREAT AGAIN: $2 TRILLION Added to US Economy Under President Trump
The United States Stock Market has added over $2 trillion to the American economy since President Trump won the 2016 presidential election; smashing expectations and further signaling a robust recovery following years of stagnant growth under Barack Obama.
According to CNBC, the S&P 500 stock index grew by $2.04 trillion since Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton last November; soaring after the election on renewed hopes of significant tax reform and the reduction of burdensome regulations imposed by Trump’s predecessor.
The largest gains were seen in information technology, financial services, healthcare, and materials.
President Trump now sets his sights on reforming the nation’s complicated and outdated tax code, a key campaign promise to deliver tax relief to millions of American families and businesses.
“People are in wait-and-see mode in terms of tax reform. We get a bit of a pop every time it gets mentioned, but I think the market is in a bit of disbelief,” said one market strategist.
Analysts also credit President Trump’s pledge to rebuild the American military with the massive rise in stocks associated with Defense contracts, reporting some businesses have seen growth of 30% since the US election last fall.
GREAT AGAIN: $300 Billion ‘FLOWING BACK’ to US after GOP Tax Cuts
Billions of dollars of American currency formerly overseas is now flowing back into the United States following the GOP-sponsored tax cuts, according to Fox Business and new statistics released this week.
The data shows over $300 billion was repatriated back to the United States in the first quarter of 2018; beginning just weeks after the President signed the sweeping overhaul of the nation’s outdated tax code into law.
“The [Bureau of Economic Analysis] notes the main driver of the repatriation surge is that companies are no longer taxed on foreign earnings when returning the funds to the U.S,” writes Fox.
“U.S. firms that used to build their factories overseas in order to avoid U.S. taxes, they stopped in their tracks because of the tax bill, they are bringing all the money home,” said Kevin Hassett, chair of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers.
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